First time’s a charm

Ever tried doing something for the first time? Change a flat? Fix a leaking faucet? Ride a bike? Paint a wall? Hit a baseball? Dive off the high dive? It is unusual for someone to do an outstanding job of something they undertake for the first time. And, when such an exception occurs, all are ready to chalk it up to “beginners luck.”

There is a story often told in Geneva County down in the Wiregrass country side of Alabama. A middle-aged man made his first-ever visit to a funeral home to pay his respects to a loving aunt. Prior to his arrival, a thoughtful person had placed in her hands a well-worn book about sweet home Alabama. It looked fitting and symbolic as the kind aunt always enjoyed reading. One could see how her face used to shine as she would sit for hours and read from its pages. It was most appropriate.

Reading is good for the mind. Reading books written by Alabama authors or about Alabama is good for our state.

The middle-aged visitor then asked himself what if someone put an item that would seem most appropriate in his hands. Would it be a fishing pole, car keys, a cigarette, a television remote or a deck of cards? But then again, would it be a book?

We all are guilty to underestimate the influence we have on others. Reading is good for the mind. Reading books written by Alabama authors or about Alabama is good for our state. It influences others to do the same.

How long has it been since you read a good book. Would it be the first time?

Tell us your favorite books about Alabama, or your favorite Alabama authors. We want to hear from you.

Written by: Paul L.