by Raelene Gorlinsky
Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. Hopefully we all feel thankful on most days, we should frequently try to focus on what is going right instead of what's wrong. But we do allocate this one "official" day to give thanks for the good things in life.
So I say thank you to all the authors in the world. Thank you for entertaining me, enlightening me, making me laugh or cry or sigh. Thank you for showing me places I will never be able to visit myself, introducing me to people - real or imaginary - whom I wish I could really meet and know. Thank you for building fantastic worlds I sooo wish were real. Thank you for all the heroes to drool over, and their heroines I envy.
I cannot recall not being able to read, even by kindergarten I was reading "real" stories, not just Dick and Jane. And I am never without a story at hand; I wouldn't think of leaving the house without reading material in my purse. Any spare minute can be used to plunge into a book. As I deal with the physical effects of aging and poor health, my greatest fear is losing my eyesight, because of how it would impact my ability to read. Books are an integral and incredible part of my world.
So thank you to all you authors. And to all you not-yet-published authors - I look forward to your future books that will provide me with joy for the rest of my life.