One of my fondest memories as a child was sitting on my mother's lap while she read to me.

As a child, I don't remember being as adamant about the type of book or the length as my brother. I was happy to be safely nestled in the arms of my mother who enjoyed reading to us everyday.

My mother used her voice in different ways so that we could differentiate between the many characters. I still remember the calm, patient voice she used for the spider in Charlotte's Web by E. B White. I loved that book as a child and I still do. I don't know how many times my mother read it to me but I know it was a lot. No wonder she pretends to shudder when I bring up that book today.

As my mother taught us to recognize certain words, she encouraged me to read those words in the story. Oh, how I tried to read the different characters as my mother did. All I remember is our laughter so I couldn't have been that good! However, as I reflect upon these precious moments, I realize that my mother instilled in me the insatiable desire to read and learn about the world through the pages of a book. What a wonderful treasure to bestow upon your child!

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