Dreams really do come true. Keep dreaming!
For as long as I can remember, I have been a collector and lover of words.
As a young child, I remember sitting captivated at my dad’s feet as he read to my siblings and me the book, Casey at the Bat. It wasn’t so much the story, as much as it was hearing his deep voice reading the beautiful poetry of the words to us that left me mesmerized.
My grandfather was a wonderful storyteller, as was my granny too. I could listen to them and my parents for hours, as they told and retold stories from their childhoods and their lives. But it was my grandfather who would have us on the edge of our seats as he told us exciting and amazing adventure stories from growing up in Poland, emigrating to America at 17, becoming a lumberjack in Northern Wisconsin when the once prolific giant white pines covered the north woods, marrying my granny, clearing rocky formidable land and turning it into farmland, surviving the Great Depression, raising a family of 7 children, and so many more stories from his life. Such a rich and lasting legacy they each left me and my entire family with these stories and their words.
Along with this love of words came a love for reading too. A favorite childhood memory is spending hours at my town’s public library, generally on a Saturday afternoon when morning chores were done. I can still remember breathing in that distinctive one-of-a-kind library and book smell, and how I would take my time carefully choosing the books I would carry home for the week. Oftentimes I would choose the same treasured books over and over again.
Words continued to captivate me in high school. No surprise that anything English was always a favorite subject of mine. I recently discovered a gift from a friend in a basement box. It was a book of quotes and poetry, and was perfectly entitled: The Treasure Chest, edited by Charles L. Wallis. It contained a plethora of thought-provoking and beautiful words that gifted me with hours of reading enjoyment.
Still to this day I collect words. I save —
I just realized that in every room of my house, I have words. Come on, I’ll take you on a tour and share some of them with you.
As you can see, I really am a lover of words. I’m thinking there’s a pretty good chance that you are one too. And although the list above is a pretty good sampling of some of my favorite words, there just isn’t enough space or time to list all of them. So for now, I’ll just share a few of them with you…HUGS, BLESSINGS, and PEACE.