Today's hero comes courtesy of my hero yesterday, Lesa Holstine:
Let me tell you about my hero, my mother, Elizabeth Growel. She's a woman who knows about picking up and going on with life. She's a mother who lost a son when he was only 2 1/2. But, she was still a mother. And, she loves, supports, and taught her three daughters. All three of us love books and reading because my parents read. But, it was my mother who drilled me on my spelling words, and listened to me read when I was in first grade. She was a role model, who not only modeled reading, but went to work in a high school library. All three of her daughters followed in her footsteps, and went to work as pages in the public library when we were in high school. I went on to get a Master's degree in Library Science, and work in public libraries.I've had the pleasure of meeting Lesa's mom and I can attest that she lives life with laughter! I'm so glad to have the chance to highlight her here today. Who taught you to read and modeled reading for you when you were young?
My mother was widowed young, in her fifties. When, I was widowed in my fifties, my mother said, "Your life will never be the same. But, it can be just as good." She models that every day, with her travels, her volunteerism, her love of family, and her love of books. She uses Facebook to follow family. She's the friend who has the computer knowledge, and does research for her best friend. She's proud of all her daughters and her grandchildren, and celebrates our accomplishments.My mother taught me to read, taught me to love books, and, now, she celebrates my accomplishments as a reviewer. She slips my business cards into books, and shows off the books I've blurbed. I talk about books with my Mom and sisters, and call them up to suggest titles. Often, we're all reading the same book at the same time.My mother is my role model for so many reasons. First, she taught me to love the books that are so important in my life, and then she modeled how to go on with life, and live it with laughter.