As a little girl, I used to sit cross-legged on our dusty, hot farmhouse attic floor, sweat running down my body, transfixed by old books.
Longfellow’s poetry. The “Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900” book with unedited first-person account of the survivors. My Great Grandfather Henry’s book on Animal Husbandry. An 1800’s Bible Correspondence Book. A yellowed newspaper with a minute-to-minute journal of Lincoln’s last day, including his pulse, respiration, and Mary Lincoln’s ongoing emotional state of mind. My Great Aunt Flora’s meticulously inscribed journal of her wounded soldier patients, medical supplies, and rag bandage inventory from her year as a front line WWI Red Cross nurse. Decades of National Geographic magazines. The Wind in the Willow’s children’s stories.
When engrossed in these words, all of the stifling heat, dripping sweat, dust, and investigating spiders disappeared. All that existed was my journey into another world.
I am the summation of the books and articles I’ve read. As an adult, I continue to learn from websites, audios, and videos. Yet childhood books and articles still weave through my life’s perspective, bringing innocence and hope.
“Take life into your own hands and make it happen. It’s your life; Lead it!”
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