National Merit Scholars I interviewed had nothing in common.  Some came from wealth, others not.  Some had siblings, some grew alone.  Some came from two-parent homes, slept in their own beds; others had single parents and a pallet on the floor.  Some moved often.  Others lived in one place all their lives.  Eventually, I found one common denominator.  They all read, voraciously, and that desire seemed driven by minds reaching.  A three-year-old tasting a bug is learning.  A six-year-old taking the lawn mower apart or pouring odd ingredients in a bowl is researching.  Reading expands experience.  Readers don’t have to re-invent the wheel.  They can leap to what hasn’t been done, based on prior knowledge recorded in books.  Watching a toddler learn can be stimulating.  But patience is required.


About sharonervin

I write novels for and about women. I work half-days in my husband and son's law office. A former newspaper reporter, I have a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. I have four grown children.
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