Thursday, February 16, 2012

a love for words

I was a late reader. I struggled with words as a kid, and frustration set itself right beside my heart, for quite a while. When reading finally clicked within me, there was no stopping my passion for words. I read everything I could get my hands on. I wrote stories, poetry and even made up crossword puzzles, for friends to do. Words became my life. And with these words that came tumbling out of books, plus a little imagination, I would travel near and far. That statement alone, reminds me of a favorite childhood read, Gertrude Chandler Warner's, "The Boxcar Children".

Still today, I adore words. Snail mail, sends my heart soaring. The handwritten words, spilled across an envelope... it never gets old. I am the first one in front of the tv, when the Spelling Bee is about to begin- "Akellah and the Bee" is one of my favorite movies, and I rarely leave an antique store, without an old, tattered book in hand. My collection of books, really makes me smile. It is a true love affair that I have with words.

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind."
 Kahlil Gibran

I have never forgotten those days of being a little girl, struggling with reading. It's one of the reasons, why I am so proud to volunteer, at a adult literacy program. It brings me an amazing amount of joy, to assist adults in learning how to read.

When I saw the winter colors, and inspiring words that pthurmund1 captured in her photo below, it really spoke to me.  How lovely! Only six words, but such powerful and inviting words.

Christina {soul aperture}

Beyond Layers "6 Words"

beyond layers "6 words" by pthurmond 1


maureen said...

What a beautiful image Christina, I always love reading your words.

Dorian Susan said...

It took me a long time to enjoy reading and I wasn't a very strong reader when I was little. Unfortunately it seems like something I don't "allow" myself to do often enough.
You make words seem magical-and I love the two images here to support that

Anna said...

Hi Christina,
Your love of books and the written word always shines through at MM and at your blog! I'm with you, I've had an ongoing love affair with books and words all my life. They are a delicious feast, as are these images :)

urban muser said...

I love the story you shared here with your words and pictures christina. thank you.

Kirstin said...

You always conjure up such beautiful imagery with your words; here I really have an image of you as a child, devouring books. And your pictures and pairing. Love!

Gilly said...

Two lovely shots; I particularly like the books with the orange.

pthurmond1 said...

Thank you so much for posting my photo: Life is what you make it. I am truly honored.

Christian said...

Fantastic and beautiful photos and words <3

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