Sunday, February 7, 2010
I've had a love affair with reading since my sister Debbye taught me the magic within the pages of The Happy Hollister's red covered books when I was 5. She taught me how to read while we lay on our bellies on the bedroom floor. The books were old and smelled slightly musty, but they transported me.
For Christmas my husband gave me a Nook. This is one brand of a new technology, e-book readers. Small, slim, sleek and stylish, my new Nook will hold 1,500 books within its small self. And it is magical. Really, it is. Yesterday I was reading on my Nook. The author of the book I was reading made reference to another book which sounded interesting. So I clicked on "shop," and sure enough, the book mentioned was available for $9 and change. With the push of a button I was able to read the first 45 pages of the book, and I found it very interesting. So, I pushed another button that said, "buy now." And you know what? In less than 60 seconds that book was in the Nook. Ready for me to read. If that is not magical, I don't know what is.
My grandmother was born before most people had electricty or indoor plumbing in their homes. She experienced first hand the wonders of radio and then television! She never got over her total amazement that she could go to the grocery store and buy a Pepperidge Farm coconut cake, all baked and frosted and ready to serve to family or guests. And delicious! She adored them, and appreciated the magic of them when we were all rolling our eyes.
The technology changes. The Magic? It is still held in wonder.