I really have an avid ecstatic love for books. My library is dizzying. I read a lot. Interestingly, not as much as I would love to but hey, I read plenty. On sunday in church, the visiting pastor said he reads a new book every three days or so and i knew i had work to do mehn… I am still trying to buy into the ‘e-book’ thingy and getting a kindle but I swear by hardcopy sha. There is something fascinating about bookmarking the page you stopped at. Yup, I am bookmarker obsessed too, loool.
(my latest magnetic book marker)
Ok back to books, I practically played mini momma to my three nieces. People who followed my early writings especially on facebook would have seen all our trips and stuff together.
But of the three girls, I spent the most time with Mmeso.
Three significant things she picked from her aunty;
- She sucked her thumb till almost 8. Well I quit at almost 15 so she didn’t learn quite right. She sucked because when she starts crying and I had run out of creative ways to placate her, I would remove her mittens and let her suck so she will stop crying. Yeah, I know. I am crazy smart like that.
- She can watch TV for Africa. I used to be a TV freak myself too at that stage. That was because after I removed her mittens, I would put her in her car seat and station her right in front of the TV, and wham!!! PEACE to the
middle eastMuogilim household.
Before I mention the final one. let me quickly add that Mmeso lives on the easy side of life. She hates housework, absolutely. Another thing she picked from me. Please give me the easy way out of anything anytime, thank you very much
- She is an absolute GENIUS. My girl is super smart!!! She can read mehn. Mmeso would read ANYTHING and that explains her smartness. She has an answer for anything, questions almost everything, has amazing diction, complete with big big oyibo ooo. She teaches her sisters their homework very easily. And she writes the best fiction. Oh brother!!! I love reading her creative writing notebook. Her imagination is outta this world. And in her school work, she excels. If she misses first, she doesn’t miss second. She and her bestie rotate it. She is a teacher’s delight. I look forward to her open day always. She is incredibly phlegmatic though. You can’t push her at all. She always used to say she would be a newscaster on CNN. I believe her. Though now she speaks of being an artiste. That’s a passing fad, I think. Need I mention that she wears glasses too.
So whenever my sister yabs me and says that this her daughter’s love for TV is my fault, I remind her that Mmeso’s genius did NOT come from her or her husband. She usually doesn’t argue. From that early age, we did a lot of reading together.
Last Saturday, there was this book-fair thingy in Unilag and naturally, my sis begged me to take her kids. I love books too and this was my own opp to shop for free. So we piled into the car and drove to Unilag.
The moment we stepped in, Mmeso was like a kid in a candy store with Disney characters. S
he left us and ran off cos her sister’s were wasting too much time at a stand, when she wanted to explore. She took a quick look at the directory and said ‘Aunty Eziaha, I will be in HALL C.’ When she resurfaced, she whined and whined till we left all and followed her to pay for what she had picked.
We had a generous budget so we shopped till we dropped. Literally.
Plus some book stands were really really cheap. Salesmen and women tried to shove books in our faces and it was fun hearing my girl say stuff like ‘I have read this one before in kosi’s house’ ‘I read this in the library’ I borrowed this from the neighbors’ ‘We have this at home’. I mean, it looked like she had read almost all the series in popular children’s books. I felt like the proud momma to this wunderkind 11 year old.
We had a fantastic time shopping. Of course her sisters bought books too as she has influenced them wella especially her younger sis.
We were sad to leave but definitely, most of the bookstores with stands there knew A GENIUS CALLED MMESO WAS HERE.
I am really big on raising kids the right way. We as parents and guardians will do our part. God will play His own part. But we gotta play our part well cos God surely plays His #likeaBOSS. One thing we can do is introduce them to the world of books early in life.
Of course you have to be careful what they read. Not all Hannah Montana is books are good for them. Please screen the books they are reading
Readers are leaders. A book is to the mind what food is to the body. If we say we are losing our reading culture as a nation or a race, I say the best way to save it is by making sure our kids read… Read! Read!! Read!!!
One of the books I got them was Ben Carson’s GIFTED HANDS.
I love how that book cuts across ages. I recall my sis, their mom saying ‘I can’t quite place who he is’ and Bube, the first says ‘he is a doctor’ and Mmeso says ‘he is a neurosurgeon and was the first person to separate Siamese twins successfully’
I also got two amazing books… ‘Email from God for Grads’ and ‘All of the above’
I am enjoying the ‘Email for Grads’ because it just contains good news and stuff from heaven and the bible. You know how recent grads can be scared of this ‘real world’ and all. Fantastic book, containing such soothing romantic words. It is written by a momma and her son. There is indeed a book for everything fa.
People read biko… Read and stop basking in ignorance. Not reading is so 16th century. Reading is the new cool. Really soon, the latest chyking line would be ‘My name is Donald and I love to read’.
Like my Rev Albert Oduwole will say, sometimes tell yourself you will NOT EAT till you have read a certain book or number of pages that day. Yes, it is that serious. Ignorance today is deadly!!!
The world of books is just FABtastic!!!
By thje way, whoop, i won a laptop plus one year internet access…
From the jimovia foundation. More about it later.
I wrote about it on my NYSC blog… www.iseegreenng.wordpress.com
keep visiting it. I would be sharing cool stuff there too.