Thankful — literacy

Writing. Reading. Books. Printing.

Today I give thanks to all the people, past and present, who share ideas with language. Especially the written language.

A modern day person can find almost everything in writing – facts, figures, historical events, stories, and even lies. Within the covers of books you can learn how to cook, build a birdhouse (or a people house), or weave a piece of cloth.

Paper, or an electronic screen, with the right combination of marks can be a magic carpet and take you on a visit to the next state, the other side of the world, or far into space. You can travel back in time. Or centuries into the future.

Thank you, Mr. Gutenberg for developing movable type. And to parents and teachers for opening the doors to the world through reading.

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