Even though my parents didn't read a lot of books themselves, they made a huge effort to read to us every night before tucking us into bed, and both were amazing story tellers. That's how they met, really. Both worked at a historical village where my mom was a weaver and spinner and my dad carved decoys. Both could tell a story, complete with character voices, that would have every member of the audience completely captivated. My dad loved, in particular, to retell the old Brer Rabbit stories, and my mom would spend an entire 1 1/2 hour car ride to see our grandparents regaling us with the epic Wizard of Oz.
A few years ago my dad started writing down stories about his grandfather, Alonzo. Alonzo was dead long before my sisters and I came into this world, but I now have an account of his life seen through my father's eyes. My dad then went on to write a book on his father, and is working on one about himself.
|The cover of Alonzo and Me, complete with "limited edition" sticker.|
|Alonzo's book is filled with pictures of important places and events in the Gibersons' history.|
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|An excerpt from "Easter" from Traditions.|
I treasure both with all my heart! It is such a huge gift to be able to see a glimpse into my family's history, written down, with the characters expanding past the pages they are written on. It's almost magical, and my favorite kind of book.
Whatever your choice of literature is, whether it's historical, fiction, or inspirational... I think it's really important to read something. Something that expands your mind, makes your heart swell, or challenges you to become a better you. And I hope to pass this love of reading on to my boys. I want them to be able to imagine a better tomorrow because they've read about the past. I want them to love the written word, and make up their own stories, too.
What kind of books inspire you?