Sunday, March 22, 2009

52 Blessings—Chocolate and Reading


Chocolate is good. Reading is good. The combination is really good. I have a friend who subscribes to several magazines and her mother-in-law subscribes to several more. Every month or two my friend brings me a nice stack of them. One of my favorites that she brings is a periodical her father-in-law subscribes to called Backwoods Home Magazine. One of the contributors, Jackie Clay, can do it all. Truly. She has built her own home on a piece of land she’s homesteaded and she only runs a generator for a couple of hours every other night so that she can power up her computer and write articles. She took care of her aging parents and lost her husband to a heart attack and still she keeps writing and building and cooking. She’s informative and entertaining to read. I love to sit and read a good book or a good article, like one of Jackie Clay’s, while sucking on a piece of chocolate.

Have you ever imagined what your life would be like without the blessing of literacy? Next to the scriptures, what would you most miss reading if you couldn’t read?

9 comments:

Kim Sue said...

it is too overwhelming to even consider! the more I think about it the more I realize how huge it is in my life (newspaper, blogs, magazines, books, puzzles, recipes). can you imagine not being able to read to your child?

Rebecca said...

Certainly life in the lue would be boring! I would miss how I could unwind in silly fictional books, like, "The Chronicles of Narnia".

Kathy said...

I can't even imagine. When I was learning Spanish, I COULD learn it, because I could READ it. What a wonderful blessing. Reading takes us anywhere in space or time! I LOVE TO READ, I NEED TO READ!

Becky said...

It is always terribly painful (almost physically so) for me to imagine my life without the ability to read...

I would miss reading the personal things the most (love notes between Jeff and I, things the kids write, peoples' blogs).

I would not be me if there had been no "Uncle Tom's Cabin" or "Jane Eyre" or "To Kill a Mockingbird" or "John Adams" or...well, the list is endless! :)

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shelly said...

It isn't just about reading. It is exploring the thoughts and feelings I can't express myself. It is the learning, and sharing of places I can't visit. It is the visiting with friends over a great read. Not being able to read would leave a hole that one would never fill. Besides, how would I ever comment on your great blog!!!

Jill said...

I really don't like to think of a life without reading, or chocolate really.

Marie said...

This is a big one. I love to read, and while my waistline doesn't love chocolate, the rest of me sure does!

Lucy said...

Wow. My two favorite, non-human things! I have seen first-hand the prison that is being illiterate. I am thankful to live in a time and place where reading is encouraged and available.

As for chocolate...I'm sure life without isn't exactly a prison, but it might feel like it!

Jenny said...

I can't even imagine not being able to read. The things we would miss! I am impressed that your friend is using a generator only if she needs it. That just reminds me we really all need to simplify!