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Thanks For Reading

On this special day, most people list who and what they are thankful for.  I’m thankful for all those things too.  I love my family and am so glad they are a part of my life.  My friends are true gems in my life!  I have awesome co-workers and a terrific job.  My boss is the World’s greatest boss.  I have a nice home and a sweet little dog that greets me with love and joy every day.  I am Thankful for all these things.

I am especially thankful that my mother instilled the love of reading in me.

Because of my love of reading, so many other wonderful things have happened to me during my life.  I would never have advanced in life without my love of reading.  While reading, I was learning.  This learning has made me fairly well spoken and well read.

Even as a child I would dive into Shakespeare or Poe.  With a dictionary beside me, I was dying to comprehend what was on the page.  So I read well above my age range.

The great poets and authors of our time were read with enthusiasm.  Grapes of Wrath and Tobacco Road are still some of the best literature ever written, in my humble opinion.  I was especially fond of biographies.  I wanted to KNOW Abraham Lincoln, you know?

The Best thing to come out of my love of reading, is my writing.  Now, I have a creative outlet and can express myself in a way that few can.

So, Thank You Mom!  Thank you for teaching me to read so early and for showing me the true joy of the written word.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson




Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

18 thoughts on “Thanks For Reading

  1. How awesome!! It makes me sad that my young college students no longer read!! They LOOK at social media and skim articles and such, but VERY few read for the love of reading. How sad!!!!! I remember when my son was a little guy, and he spent a summer reading the first couple Harry Potter books. When the first movie came out, I took him and afterwards, I asked him if he liked the movie or book better. Here’s exactly what he said: “Mom…the book was better…the movie wasn’t as good as my mind was!” I cried! I was so happy he saw the importance and joy of reading and is a reader today! Thank you for sharing this! ❤


  2. love your piece on thankfulness for books and the love your Mom instilled for reading…it is truly a gift that keeps on giving!
    I recall CS Lewis relating in his autobiographical story, Surprised by Joy, that his parents both loved to read and consequently nearly every room in his large, rambling childhood home was chock full of books. I think second to people, books have the most powerful influence in the world.


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