@Sally Rosenbaum -Artist
How different my life would be with out reading and writing. When I was quite young, my father built special bookcases so I could shelve the many books he bought and gave to me; classic children’s literature like Treasure Island, Peter Pan and Tom Sawyer. As a recognized midwest printer/topographer – The Black Cat Press in Chicago – his own interest was limited to the printing of books. It was my mother who was the reader, and read to me until the day I finally slipped off her lap able to read by myself. I have my parents to thank for the life long pleasure of reading.
My father once asked me how I planned to be a writer if I couldn’t spell. I was told that my quick response was, “I’ll hire a secretary.” Every time I use spell check, which is often, I think of him. How amused he would be that I am a writer and have the ability to check my spelling without knowing how to spell the word in the first place! (The problem when told to look a word up in the dictionary,)
I can’t imagine my life without reading books, usually one right after another. I write hoping to give a reader the pleasure of naming for them what they cannot name themselves; new language that expresses his or her own experiences. I have been told that Greening of a Heart has done that for people. If you are a reader, your favorite authors are probably the ones that give you this gift of language that you can appropriate anew.