Taking a Break…

Heart-a-Day #33 “It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.” Thich Nhat Hanh

One of my favorite ways to rest and relax is to get lost in reading a book. The book club I’m a part of recently read The Library Book by Susan Orleans. It focuses around the history of the Los Angeles County Main Library and it’s rebuilding after a devastating fire. It triggered in me my own relationship with libraries over my lifetime.

When I was in first grade, and living in Navy housing in Moffett Field, California, the book mobile would visit once a week. I can imagine I chose to look at current picture books of the time, like The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Or maybe I found books to encourage my budding curiosity of arts and crafts. The important thing I want to emphasize is that someone ( my mother or teacher I’d have to guess), had instilled in me the importance of reading and looking at books. I can imagine my mom having me gather up my treasure of books from the previous week, walking me the short distance to the book mobile, and setting me free to discover the gems I’d carry home to devour over the next week. I’m sure the joy I get from reading today has it roots in that long gone book mobile in Navy housing, Moffett Field, California.

Do you have a memory of your first encounter with books? Is it a fond one? Take some time to reflect on how books came into your life. Share this memory with someone. Who knows what treasures and gems you may discover.

(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer or a license for commercial use. The images are for personal use only. No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr. )

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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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