Recently, I have been very busy with books. Starting around December last year, I have become a book geek eventually.
I started reading at a very early age. By the time I get into kindergarten, I already able to read a small book, while most of classmates by that time couldn't. Thanks to my mother for that.
When I was young, my mother decided to leave her work and became a full-time housewife. We didn't really have money back then, but my mother never thought that as our disadvantage. Being a bit poor, didn't mean I was excluded from education. We might not be able to buy books used by other children in order to learn reading, but my mother never thought of buying those books at all.
My father used to work at some kind of place that allowed him to bring back stack of papers for home use. All I could remember was, the papers were very high in quality and not the ordinary one we used at school. It has a very soft yellow color and the name of the company that provide the papers were written in golden cursive. Pretty, isn't it?
My mother made use of these pretty papers for my first education in reading. She wrote alphabets and taught me the pronunciation of those alphabets. When I could pronounce every alphabet with no difficulties, she wrote syllables on the papers and taught me to pronounce them. Gradually, I have gone to the most difficult level where she wrote all these difficult sentences, but I still managed to read them without difficulties. This happened before I get into kindergarten. By the time I got into my own class in my kindergarten, I have no problem at all to read.
The habit of reading started from my parents themselves. My father doesn't read much but he knows how essential it is for me to start reading during my early age. So he always bought collections of story books for me whenever he has extra money.
There was this one time where I was super desperate for a new reading material but I have none. Me and my father happened to drop by a small newspaper stall. I saw a magazine (for adults, actually) and I asked my father if he can buy me the mag. He took a closer at the magazine and of course, he said no. But then, he asked the seller if there is any good reading material for kids like me. And the seller showed him a magazine called 'Asuh'. After that month and beyond, I always get an Asuh monthly.
My mother on the other hand, is a geek herself so she always convinced me that I need to read books. When I was out of books to read, she took me to the town library. The library is just a two storey old building, painted with white color. It is beautiful even up until now. I always get excited whenever I have to go there and I always borrow two books to keep me occupied every week. Back then, I always have interest in kids encyclopedia and investigation books.
My mother always helps me when it comes to picking out a fiction book. Most of the books that I choose to read were full of mysteries. You know, like all those Enid Blytons' and Siri Hadi. That is where I started to read fictional books. My mother really thinks that fiction books will teach me to be creative and more intelligent. Haha.
When I grew up a bit, my grandparents (book geeks as well), started to supply me with more books. If my father has no time to get me more books, they will.
When I started reading Harry Potter, usually, I borrowed my friend's since the book is very expensive and there was no way I can buy them until I finished the third book. My friend herself had not bought the fourth book yet, so I have to stop reading Harry Potter for a while.
I made a habit of following my grandmother to bookstores because she won't let me go home without a new book. I didn't mind at all if the book is cheap, all I want to do is to read the book. My grandmother always bought the cheap books for me so I can read. One day, I showed her the fourth and fifth book of Harry Potter. The fourth book costs about 45 bucks while fifth costs 50 bucks, I think. They were very expensive.
My father to buy the fourth book while my grandmother told me that she will buy the fifth book and she did. It was so cool! I mean, you know, when you didn't have money to buy books and suddenly you got them. It feels like receiving a Christmas present from Santa!
And as most you know, my reading does not decrease at all. Even up until now, I read books. Fictional most of them since I have found no fun at all reading other things than that. There are a lot of my friends that judge those books that I read. I said nothing, but I want to say something now.
"I'm so sorry that I can't respect your words as much as you can't respect my books."
You see, not everyone can read the same genre of books as you, I respect that as long as you read, regardless the genres. So, I decided that I should read fictions, consists of fantasy and dystopian. I have found a lot of things in those imaginary worlds. Things that most of us can't explain.
Thanks to my parents and my grandparents for supporting me for this passion. You guys made me see those things that you guys will never know need to be explained.
p/s: So, to any parents out there, please do not stop supplying books for your kids. Books are magical portals.