Clockwise from top right: Cherye E., Versana P., Dorothy Z., Cherye E.’s motto, Theresa J.
This Mother’s Day, we want to celebrate all of our Scribd readers who are mothers and all the mothers who are readers. So we asked four of our Scribd moms to share what they’re reading, why they love to read, and what they’re doing this Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to our own moms, and a huge thank you for all that you do.
How many kids do you have?
Versana P.: I have one son who is 32 years old. He is getting married in November and I will become a grandmother of three! I’m not only gaining a daughter, but awhole bushel of love.
Cherye E.: I have two sons: Jeff, age 33, a Major in the Air Force, and Tim, age 32, who works with me in our family business. I have grandpets. Do they count?
Theresa J.: I have 3 daughters (one deceased), 9 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a new great grandchild due in November.
Dorothy Z.: I have one child — son Sebastian, a sophomore at Cornell University. Thanks to raising him, I met the Harry Potter series and Lemony Snicket’s books. I read to Sebastian growing up, everything from Fox in Socks to the complete Lord of the Rings. Once he learned to read, we went out to breakfast and read books every Sunday until he left home.
What are you doing this Mother’s Day?
Versana P.: I’ll be babysitting my grandkids while their mom gets some grown-up time. We will spend the day with my mom enjoying life and laughter.
Cherye E.: I am a workaholic. In my mind, I know I will be working — can’t help it. To avoid the crowds and bad service, my son Tim will take me out to brunch on Monday. Quieter and calmer. Sunday night is game night with friends!
Theresa J.: My Mother’s Day will be a quieter one this year, as it will be my first since my daughter passed.
Dorothy Z.: My Mother’s Day plans involve books — although mainly the editing of them (most of my freelance work involves editing). And, of course, I’ll call my mother!
Why do you think that reading is important?
Versana P.: There is an old adage that says, “Reading is Fundamental.” I remember the teacher who helped me learn how to read. It opened up a whole new world for me. I am not well-traveled, but I have been around the world on the rails of good books.
This is one of my favorite quotes: “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” — Maya Angelou
Cherye E.: Reading keeps my mind active, boosts my imagination, takes me in new directions, lets me be more creative in my thinking, and exposes me to new ideas and viewpoints. And it’s fun. I can do or be anything I want to be in my mind reading a book. I read a book a day. I live for books. Reading is educational. It relieves stress. I can not think of a better way to spend the day than to kick back and read. I have to read. It is my addiction.
Theresa J.: Reading takes me to a different world!
Dorothy Z.: It shapes your brain; it enlarges your world; it’s how you learn. I think those kids who get a solid start in reading do better in every subject in school. After all, what subjects don’t involve reading? Reading and writing are a part of what makes us human.
Since these moms read voraciously, they’ve created a collection just for our readers. Their picks include zombie books, courtoom dramas, literary fiction, and writing guides.
We’d love to hear from other readers who are moms. What are your plans this Mother’s Day? Are you curling up with a good book?