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I learned to read by walking behind my mother's lawnmower.

I kid you not.


Now, here's the funny part. As a five-year-old, it would not have occurred to me that Mom couldn't hear me.


Still, it was important to Mom to follow my teacher's instructions and I read aloud while she listened, so, if necessary, she could explain certain words or help me with their pronunciation. I think it also taught me to speak up.


It was also important for someone in our family to mow the lawn. I mean, come on, what would the neighbors think if we let the yard go wild? And since my dad's work took him on the road, sometimes Mom got the gig.


I owe her my love of reading, which led to my love of writing.

Which led to why you're reading this.