Wonderful World



I can always count on my daughter to cheer me up when I’m having a bad day. She worked overtime last week, when I was gripped by the flu. Every lunch time, during her break, she sent me cheery photographs from Kensington Gardens in London: a cheeky squirrel on a mission, a Mary Poppins moment and the Ugly Duckling’s transformation. Quite apt as World Book Day approaches.
 

My daughter has always been a lover of books. When she was two years old, I used to listen to her each morning gurgling away before I heard another page tear from her chubby little, out of control fingers. I am ashamed to say, she didn’t get the reading bug from me. In fact, it was my daughter who introduced me to the wonderful world of books and reading. 

At the age of five, she found a mistake in a book she was reading about a Jam Panda. She told her grandma and they both wrote to the publishers and received a thank you letter and a new set of books. She was thrilled. Even now, at the age of twenty-three, my daughter is still a wonderful inspiration and many of our phone calls include discussions about books. She also motivates me with my writing and is an exceptional critique – I taught her the importance of honesty and she tells me as it is.


So, I would like to congratulate and thank writers and authors worldwide who inspired my daughter and filled our lives with adventure, love, laughter and an appreciation of the written word.  Happy World Book Day everyone!


Can you remember who introduced you or inspire you to read and write?

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  1. I hope you are feeling better. Those pictures must have cheered you up no end - and knowing your lovely daughter was thinking of you xx

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  2. Thank you, Teresa. I consider myself very lucky. I hope that this new month brings better health to you too.

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  3. I hope you are feeling better now. Aren't we lucky these days to be able to send texts, emails and photos at the touch of a button. Those photos must have lifted your spirits. And what a gift, having a daughter whom you can depend on for an honest opinion. Lucky you!

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    1. Thank you, Susanna. My Alice is a gem and we trust each other enough to be able to face the truth :)

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  4. I hope you feel loads better now, Nicola. What a lovely daughter you have. I think these pictures are all gorgeous and very cheering, and you both have such a lovely relationship with each other.

    My teacher at nursery school inspired me to read by letting me stay inside . She noticed that I always hung back when the other children ran out to play. Realising that I wasn't unhappy, just rather a loner, she directed me to her shelves of books. She then suggested I stay inside at playtimes and teach myself to read. So, with great relief at being let off the dreaded playtimes, I did just that, and never looked back. My parents always read to me at bedtime, and I probably pestered them to read every time they sat down as well.
    When I was a little older, I used to follow my mother about the house while she did the housework and read aloud to her. We got through dozens of novels, including everything John Wyndham ever wrote, and once, when I was reading out a particularly emotional chapter, I had to stop because we both started crying. I'll never forget that. xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, Joanna. It touched my heart. I do remember enjoying the ladybird books as a small child: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Magic Porridge Pot and the Three Little Pigs. I don't really know what happened after that. The magic seemed to have left me. Thank goodness it came back during my daughter's childhood and will never leave again :) Have a wonderful week and thanks again, Joanna.

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  5. I think your daughter sounds the perfect proof-reader for my books - couldn't guarantee a new set if she found anything though! Hope you're fully recovered now, Nicola.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. A croaky voice after teaching all day. I'm not used to the pesky kiddi germs after a break of 18 months. My immune system doesn't know what's hit it. So when I finish my stint, I must get out more :) I'm looking forward to your next compilation of short stories, Wendy. Have a lovely week.

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  6. world book day? I missed it? ahhhhh!

    have Alice visit my website and pick out a book...if she reads on a tablet/reader. I'll send her her choice :) rmacwheeler.com

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  7. That is so kind, Mac. I will definitely pass on your invitation. Thank you!! World Book Day is on Thursday :) Have a fantastic week! Just downloaded SEEker - can't wait to read it. Will write a review on amazon Germany as soon as I'm done :)

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  8. How lovely that your daughter encouraged you to enjoy books, Nicola. I just took to reading right from when I was old enough to hold a book and understood what words could mean, then I devoured them wherever I found them!

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    1. I don't know what happened to me, Rosemary. My parents and my brothers were always reading, so I was surrounded by books. I just used to day-dream a lot. Maybe that was the beginning of procrastination: that's why I am so good at it :):) Have a lovely week.

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  9. Aww! What a sweet story! I'm glad to hear she introduced you to becoming a reader, and that's so cool a publisher sent her books for noticing the mistake. My mom was always a reader, and I think that's where I got my love of reading from, although I hated being read to. I'd much rather read by myself.

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    1. Me too, Cherie. I could never sit still long enough to be read to. I was a rather hyperactive child (I've lost all that energy now though :)) Thank you for popping by to comment. Have a wonderful week.

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  10. What a lovely story. :) That's wonderful your daughter made you a reader. I love it when kids get into books. My son is a big reader too.

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I am proud to say that I read every day without fail. It's my therapy :) Have a lovely week.

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  11. Great post -- awesome that you both share a love for the written word. My mom used to read to us when we were kids, back when we didn't own a TV. That made a lasting impression on my life as a reader and a writer.

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    1. Thanks, Milo. My mom is also a huge fan of books and is an exceptional writer - even though she wouldn't admit it herself. Wishing you a great week ahead and thank you for popping over :)

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  12. Reading your blog late, but better late than never. You're blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your daughter, Nicola.

    Both my parents encouraged my interest in reading, as my grandmothers did too. From there it seemed a small step to writing my own stories.

    Hope you're fully recovered. Thanks for a sweet post.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Jen. I do feel blessed. Thankfully, I am fully recovered. Wish you a lovely week. All the best!

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