FFfAW: For the Love of Books

According to Susie, her mother had the best job in the world, she was a librarian. So, Susie grew up amidst the shelves of magical lands, mysterious islands, adventurous children, lovable animals and unlimited supply of imagination.

She got so attached to books that at times she could barely wait to complete the story and ended up sneaking quick glances during class hours at school. Some teachers would sternly forbid her from doing so ever again but others rebuked her gently, while encouraging her passion to read.

Years later after she’d left home, Susie still felt wholly incomplete without a book nearby andΒ always had one tucked away in her purse when on the move.

After the shocking diagnosis she was crushed. It took all her strength to get out of her lingering depression, as her eyesight gradually gave way. She firmly decided that before she was completely blind she would learn Braille and even in this digital age she’d keep reading,Β with an actual book in hand.

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26 Responses to FFfAW: For the Love of Books

  1. That is so sad that she is losing her eyesight especially since she loves to read so much. I think it is wonderful that she is learning to read Braille and will continue reading! Wonderful story!

  2. mandibelle16 says:

    Great take. The last paragraph was a surprise, I didn’t she’d go blind. Such a horrible thing, when you love to read so much. I’m happy this character Nelly is determined to learn braille, so she can always read. Well done S πŸ™‚

  3. This is a positive story despite the tragedy of blindness. A positive attitude can help us all face the curved balls life throws us. Nicely done.

    • swritings says:

      Very true. It’s all about your attitude towards life. Being positive in front of such hardships is not easy, but is imperative for one to live a happy life. Thank you so much for reading! πŸ™‚

  4. Chekii says:

    Such as saddening diagnosis that must be. One admires her determination though to overcome it.

  5. Jenn says:

    I love that she still wants to read actual books. I assumed that she would go to the audiobook route. Really shows how much she loves not just reading, but the books themselves. Great story.

    • swritings says:

      Somehow I feel that listening to an entire book being read out isn’t the same as reading one yourself and imagining your own tone of voice for each character. Though I’m sure audio books do work for some people! Thanks for reading! ☺

  6. luckyjc007 says:

    When you have a great passion for something, you will go to great length’s to fufill that passion. It’s wonderful that she decided to prepare herself before she went blind. Wonderful inspiring story. πŸ™‚

  7. Fantastic story. It’s great that she won’t let her disability defeat her.

  8. jademwong says:

    This just broke my heart Saima 😦 I think many of us take our eyesight for granted and don’t realize how much we rely on it. I applaud her for not letting her blindness define her and instead, choosing to learn Braille so she can still do what she loves most ❀

    • swritings says:

      That’s so true! We are very casual when it comes to such blessings which we have taken for granted, whereas there are people who live without them everyday. I was watching an interview of a lady who was confined to a wheelchair after an accident, and she said how with every step she needs help, for e.g. from the wheelchair to the car and vice versa….. It takes a lot of determination to not let such situations get you down…. Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚

  9. Singledust says:

    sad but oddly inspiring to me. i have just been through some challenges and realise that the tough times do make us stronger and more flexible than ever if we allow it to. beautiful story, softly encouraging not dwelling on the sadness but on the healing.

    • swritings says:

      I’m sure it takes a lot of determination to not let such tough times get you down! I applaud people who get stronger in such situations! Thank you for reading. Glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  10. afairymind says:

    Her love of books is something I definitely recognise! She’s obviously a strong-minded woman, not willing to give up reading just because she’s losing her sight. It would be so much easier for her just to listen to audio books. Great story. πŸ™‚

  11. Aww poor thing. I like her spirit and the decision not to give up.

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