Reputation. We all have one. Sometimes it is well-deserved and sometimes it's because of how we're perceived. And sometimes it's just because everything is relative.
On the other hand, I DO have to say that in the last couple of years my reading had increased exponentially. I thoroughly enjoy reading these wonderful stories and passing them on to my kiddos and to cohorts. And pretty much to anyone who will listen. I know especially about new titles somehow, which I love!
So I asked myself this question: "If I could have a "do-over" in order to have truly earned and actually live up to the reputation that somehow came my way (in my building, anyway), what are some things things that would have happen?" Here are some of the answers:
- My parents would read to me daily, and I would read to my daughters daily. So much could be said about this. However, suffice it to say that often times people TALK about reading to their kids but don't actually READ to their kids.
- I would value reading as being a worthy end to itself. When values are higher for being productive than for reading, a person's life is going to move in accordingly unless (or until) something jars things aright. Unfortunately, I still struggle with this. Fortunately, the struggle is much easier now than even a year ago.
- I would use what I read to spur me to write. I have found a kind of joy or therapy or something in writing; that has sprung from reading. Often the lyrical prose made by an author have lit something in me much the same as wonderfully performed music.
- There would be more contact with authors and publishers. Somehow books and authors and publishers had this non-personal or academic persona. It finally hit me that books are written by people and published by people. Since I'm a "people," that should shift my perspective. Yeah, sometimes I wonder how I could miss the obvious.
- My daughters would be exposed to more great books. No explanation needed, I suppose.
- My house would be even messier. That would be okay.
- People who work at the library would know me by name. That would be cool. They'd probably break into song, like in "Cheers."
- I would be a better person. My daughters would be better people, too. We're not awful or anything, but since this reading bug has taken hold, my empathy meter has risen considerably.