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I wonder if the reason why I love to read and started reading voraciously at a young age is because it does not involve listening. Being hard of hearing, listening can be hard work and tiring for me.
With a book, I see everything that is being said and I don't have to ask the book to repeat itself or rephrase itself. With a book, I have full access, except when I come across a word I don't understand. When this happens, a dictionary nearby solves the problem quickly. With a book, I can relax. I don't have to strain my neck, squint my eyes, lean forward and concentrate on what is being said. I can escape in a really good book from my everyday struggles with listening.
Books have been one of my best companions growing up. They have been great teachers as well, letting me practice my speech when I read out loud to myself.
I love reading and can't imagine not being able to read. I would have been one frustrated and tired little girl if I did not learn to read as a young child.
I am very thankful for books!