This is a day that is observed in the United Kingdom but doesn’t it seem like it should be a day that’s observed all over the world? There are many cultures whose history was told and maintained in the oral tradition in the forms of mythology, folktales, and legends. This is a tradition that should continue to be passed down, generation to generation. My family has this book that is supposed to be comprised of tales from our history. I haven’t seen this book since I was a little girl, but I remember sitting next to my grandmother as she read some of the stories to me from this book. These are memories that every child should have and not just historical, familial stories either. Every child should have at least one memory of sitting on a father, mother, grandmother, uncle, etc.’s lap while having a story read to them.
The love of reading is born of a kernel of interest and nurtured to fruition through the love and guidance of other readers. This seed should be planted in the young and encouraged to grow throughout childhood, into adolescence, and given lots of water and sunshine through the tough teenage years.
I understand that it isn’t necessary for everybody to have the same hobbies and interests, but I truly feel sorry for those that don’t enjoy reading. There have been times in my life that if I hadn’t had a book to escape into, I don’t know what I would’ve done. A love of reading should be encouraged in everyone. Tell stories, share books, show someone around your favorite indie bookstore or library. Take today to reflect on what story telling means and how it has been meaningful in your life.