http://kcexteriorpros.com/\"/diflucan\ “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed.” – Orhan Pamuk
I remember the one time I read ‘Journey to Jo’burg: A South African Story’ by Beverley Naidoo. It was as if my eyes could finally see clearly, for the first time. My mind was ushered into another world. One where I could feel the pain of the two boys as they bravely traveled to go find their mother who lived in Jo’burg. I have been told before that the world is not a friendly place. In retrospect, this book told me the same by taking me on an authentic journey.
I remember crying as I flipped pages. I could not, for the life of me, understand why a mother had to work far away from home. Her children must have felt so bereft. Maybe abandoned as well? So many questions ran through my mind as I read through the ninety-six pages. I read that beautiful book in 2006 when I was in class seven. It must have been the April or August holidays. I have a vivid recollection of how the weather was, the kind of music that was sometimes playing on my grandmother’s radio and the times I read in pin drop silence. I can proudly say, “That book changed my life.”
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.” – Abraham Lincoln
Looking back, that was when I first experienced empathy. I could not wait for the three children to reunite their mother. I often imagined the relief, fulfillment, and gratitude they experienced when their mother embraced them. The kind of pain, anguish, the determination, and perseverance shown throughout the book, moved me to tears. in addition, helped me digest issues that were happening to me. I learned that it was not a “me problem”. There are more books I have read that impacted me in very profound ways. I carry so many memories (and favorite quotes).
The only way I am able to put my first experience into context is because I have grown so much. I have been exposed to different kinds of literature. Over the years, my perspective has changed, been challenged and refined. I developed opinions of my own over time.
Once upon a time, I used to read for the sake of collecting expressions, proverbs, and similes. I also had a sizeable collection of vocabulary. At that point, I did not care about the story line at all. I love to think of that as juvenile reading habits. I had to do that for the sake of writing essays. (People who went through KCPE will definitely relate.) In high school, our teacher of English facilitated growth. I learned about complex things such as themes, authorial intrusion, foreshadowing, amongst other things.
By the time I sat my KCSE, I could grasp almost all the complexities involved in writing. Literature lessons are my favorite memories of high school. Now, as an adult, I read to feed curiosity, experience other cultures and gather different opinions. Oh, I still collect expressions because I love souvenirs. I feel very tempted to title this as the journey to becoming an ardent reader.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglas
PS: Until I started writing this post, I had no idea how far I had advanced as a reader. I believe that you can start reading at whatever age and grow from there.