‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’Frederick Douglass
It is true that once you learn how to read, that it will make you free. I was so happy when I came across this quote because it is something that I would also say. Once you start reading, you start discovering new types of the world and you like it so much that you don’t want to come back to reality.
I belong to one of those nerds who have discovered the joy of reading at the early stage of life. When I was a kid, I would ‘steal’ gradfather’s newspapers even though I couldn’t read back then. I wanted to know what was so interesting on that pages because my grandfather was constantly reading them.
I remember staring at those pages for hours. They were pretty… I was very young when I learned how to read. I was super excited when I started my elementary school because I could finally read something. My first book that I had to read for school was Grimms’ Fairy Tales. It was one beautiful edition that contained wonderful illustrations. I liked it very much.
And just then my teacher gave me one big, important task. I had to read it and I had to write my opinion on that book. I was so excited but at the same time also scared. I didn’t know what to write. I came back home and I know I started to cry because I was afraid that my teacher wouldn’t like my opinion. I asked my Mother for help because I didn’t know how to form my opinion into one coherent article. We had so much fun!
‘The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read’Mary McCleod Bethune
I liked all Fairy Tales, but my favourite was Cinderella. I was so obsessed with that story that I wanted to read it every day. I was fascinated by magic and I couldn’t explain why. I just knew I loved every word and I loved Cinderella as a character. I drew Cinderella in my notebooks and even painted her. I felt so proud!
‘Well, there’s one thing: they can’t order me to stop dreaming.’Cinderella
Cinderella is very speacial to me for so many reason. I love her and, even now, if I could get back to read my very first book/story, I would choose Grimms’ Cinderella again.
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