This week’s calligraphy challenge was to create something on the topic of books and or reading. I was challenged as too many things floated through my head. It took me most of the week to sort through them all in silence and let one stick. When the dust settled I was reminded of Mrs. Goss who was the librarian at our elementary school. When I was in fourth grade she gave me Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. It blew my mind beyond where my own creativity had ever traveled. When I was reminded of this quote I wanted to do something colorful and fun. The quote from the book reads as follows:
So please, oh please we beg we pray. Go throw your TV set away. And in it’s place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall. Then fill the shelves with lots of books.
I grew up in the generation that first experienced The Brady Bunch, The Electric Company, Star Trek and Masterpiece Theatre. TV was a new and novel way to be entertained. It expanded our imaginations and opened worlds we had never seen before. However, not everything was on TV. Wise teachers and librarians encouraged us to read things that could not be seen on television. It was in those books that we dreamed, believed, learned and built the foundation for who we would become as adults. In books anything was possible, beyond what the TV was creating in our living rooms.
I send many thanks to Mrs. Goss and the wonderful men and women who taught us to spend time in books. It was within those pages that we all learned to become our true selves and dream beyond the borders of any building or town.