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


Gabriela said...

You do read a lot-all of my goodreads updates somehow involve you! I love reading too. :)

Jane Anne said...

Sounds like you picked the perfect major!