Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Heroes Caught Reading

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. 

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.
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?


Lesa May 13, 2014 at 6:32 AM  

Jen, Thank you so much for giving me the chance to thank my mother publicly. She deserves every thank you. Sometimes, we look at others as heroes, and don't see the most important person in our lives. You're giving all of us the chance to honor that person. Thank you.

Katharine Ott May 13, 2014 at 6:54 AM  

Both my parents were big readers, but it's still my dad's rumbly voice I hear reading us Tom Sawyer in the evening. The house was full of books, as ours is - maybe too full!

Liz Growel May 13, 2014 at 7:35 AM  

Thank you, Jen. I love every minute of my life and reading is a very big part of it.

Janet Rudolph May 13, 2014 at 10:15 AM  

Just wonderful. Love this series..and Lesa's post..

Lesa May 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM  

Thank you, Janet!

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