Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm a Word Person and "books bring words to me."
Back when I was going to school and trying to pick a major, I really struggled. I wanted to do something I was good at, something practical, and something relevant. I wasn't strong in the sciences, I didn't want to do Elementary Ed, I looked into social work and knew I didn't really have the stomach for it. I loved Art History but hated the 4:30 p.m. classes, in the dark where I fell asleep half the time as I missed way too many slides of art work. So, I settled on English because I was good at it, I knew I would be exposed to many things and it felt relevant.
At the time at BYU, English majors were required to take equal part linguistic classes and equal part literature classes. I learned a lot about myself during my time as an English major and one of the big lessons for me was how much I love words--spoken and written.
Let me write it again, I love words. I love how people use words to form ideas. I love the sound of words. I love to hear people speak them. I love how they are formed in the mouth. I love how on the page and when spoken, they can motivate, discourage, transform, expose, move, teach and engage me.
As a result, I read constantly. A book is my constant companion. I doesn't matter where I am, there is always a book with me. I have carried them up mountains, to sea shores, on boats, in airplanes, on walks, to church, to the park, to the mall, to the bank, to the bath. I don't think I have been without the companion of a book for years. I need books because they are part of who I am.
I love spoken words equally but spoken words are more limiting. Books bring words to me. I can pick up a book and read a foreign dialect, be taken to another culture, learn a skill, escape into a romance. I can go anywhere and learn from it.
So, if you see me, know a book is somewhere with me. If you want to know what I am reading, you can see on my goodreads side bar.
It is somewhere over there