Bookworms are Babe Magnets

Bookworms are Babe Magnets
by Ginger Meeder

I have a real issue with the world that surrounds me today. I really think reading is such an essential part of our lives and yet I find so many who don’t and won’t read. I find this reprehensible and I cannot understand this. Guess this is a leftover from my employment within the public library system of Wayne County when I was a part-time employee who re-shelved your books, checked out your selections and helped you at the computers whenever any issues arose or to put in a book request into the system for inner-loan because we didn’t have it on our shelves. And try making conversation with someone who lives in the very same world you live in and they function day-to-day, just enough to get by, but yet turns off or tunes out the news, pays no mind to what goes on around them and has no skills to see or connect with others that they come into contact with and can barely follow directives because of this disconnect with people, reading, and current events. I’d actually hate being in a bunker with many of you because of this other word, too. Alertness. The other day on the news the reporter mentioned that they could not believe that someone who had turned in a kidnapper of a small child here in Ohio, was ALERT enough to recognize them and ultimately turn them in. But somebody was and they appeared to be that diamond in the rough that helped save that child because they didn’t tune themselves out and here’s another key word, LISTENED to the news. It appears to have gone out of style. My goodness, your skills, senses need to be sharpened and honed for this planet we reside on.

In our small business it is imperative that we supply daily newspapers integrating it as a vital part of our atmosphere. We have a book rack upside the wall next to the entry door of this business stacked with cd’s, tapes & books for people to help themselves too. If they return them, then they do. If they don’t, that means they really liked reading it & will pass it on down the road or keep it, treasuring it always. What libraries discard becomes my 25 cent treasure and lands on my makeshift bookcase hand picked and chosen with you in mind. I also supply puzzle books, Suduko, word searches and crosswords. My favorite puzzle in the daily newspaper and you can find on my Kindle(thanks to my sister Wanda,for that Christmas gift) is the “Word Jumble”. Memory skills along with spelling and then there is always comprehension of the materials that you read. We also intentionally leave on the local news for those that refuse to pick up or read anything just because they have absolutely no ambition to pursue this act of reading that is a passion for some, obviously a chore for others.

Reading is the only way to travel, fly, experience adventure, possibly romance and who knows maybe even gain wisdom or comfort, excitement on those pages. Learn some new tidbit of information or find a different perspective fresh and exciting that you hadn’t even thought out or of in analytical thinking or problem solving. Words, poetry, prose or verses of a well loved book could bring you peace in a troubling moment. I know poetry can heal from my own personal creation of bringing my muse out through formation of clips and snippets of words. Books have broadened my horizons in so many ways. It has brought me comfort in sorrow, laughter in times of tears and appeasement of fears. Unspeakable joy in words compiled that evoke a strong emotion or mental picture. Oh the joys of reading are one of those pleasures few speak about in my corner of life. Maybe it’s the company I keep or attract, but I read because without it I’d feel less of a person.

I gain great satisfaction whenever I leave my kitchen perch and enter my dining area and see heads bobbing behind crumpled, edges curled over of newspapers, a hand coming from around the paper to reach for their piping hot cup of coffee and it’s eventual return after they sip some of the Arabic brew to it’s spot on the table. And I hear silence and see my customers turning the pages of a book. It is actually is a real turn on and I think to myself these are my kind of people, as I pick up my copy of the daily newspaper and begin scoping the editorials, police reports, comics, unusual news stories. Heck I don’t care what you read, but READ people, even if it is graffiti on the side of a building or in a bathroom stall. You are sure to find some sort of entertainment or a good laugh or two and it is another form of exercise for the brain I call it. According to the movie, “Napoleon Dynamite”, Napoleon & Pedro needed to develop skills in order to become babe magnets. Think of it that way. You are developing, honing and maintaining a lifetime skill that will keep you alert, thinking, spelling, learning and just might attract the right honey bee to your hive and that isn’t any jive talking…

Let your eyes do the walking on those pages living precariously through those storylines we painstakingly create. What a great way to flirt, through a flash of your bright eyes peering out and over the pages of your opened book, winking at some pretty girl or handsome stud muffin that could turn into a perspective dating prospect. Ah, we have come to another positive from reading, social networking which even is more than likely a healthier way to attract a date, by far even better then Facebook. Did I just say that? Yes, a sexier way to find someone who actually reads to interact and not via texting or online chatting. You might actually strike up a real live conversation over that good book in the palm of your hands or on that electronic book reader. I feel the reading force is strong within you Jedi’s…the force within you is STRONG…—©g.a.meeder, 2012®

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