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"Rooms without books is like a body without a soul." ~Marcus Cicero
I could not imagine never having books. They have always been in my life from the very youngest time I can remember.
My parents knew that reading was important and the very essence of being able to be productive in society. We had Little Golden books, Dr. Seuss and a variety of other books to look at and read.
I have mentioned before a separate room in our house my parents called the "library". It was full of music and housed our piano. More importantly, it was the place you could find books, books and more books!
My Mother being a teacher and Dad a journalist, there was a vast differences in books that could be found. There was also the classics too. In fact, up until last year, my parents had owned an original set of books by Mark Twain.
So, yes, books as other things in my life have been heart and soul.
This brings me back to the original quote though.
It is easy to forget that some people around the world have absolutely no access to books. There are women of the world who could even be killed for learning to read. That is hard for me to fathom but, it is true.
Is their body and soul empty because of it?
Well, I think in some ways the answer has to be yes. Think of the things we learn from books. Think of the lives that could be improved just by being able to read.
If you can read my words, then you can read. A book could be in your hand right now. You can be learning something new.
We are so lucky, aren't we?