Knowledge is constantly sought and, hopefully, ultimately obtained. However, no two people learn the same way. Some rely upon personal experience; others, research. Some things are practiced and perfected, while seem to be learned subconsciously or "by osmosis," not to mention that which is instinctual or inherent.
My mother and sister taught me a great deal. They always, always answered my questions. My curiosity rivals that of Alice in Wonderland, so that was no small feat.
I did not learn every single thing from them, however. I learned from what I saw and heard at school, in stores, at events, on television, in movies - and in books.
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I hope you, too, can think of a book which opened your eyes. Find it. Re-read it. Share it with someone. Then keep your eyes open and find another good book to read.
This article appeared in the November 2007 issue of The Edge of the Forest, a children's literature monthly.
Many thanks to those of you who responded to my original post and provided me with such wonderful stories for this piece!
Note: The opening portion of this article was quoted in AuthorsNow: Have You Got Issues?