City College of New York
Three Little Pigs
When growing up in a family full of teachers, you are bound to understand the importance of having a good education; a goal not attainable without knowing how to read. Coming from a family full of educators, it is believed that one is capable of learning anything they put their mind to. As a result, you are taught to read the books that a five-year-old would read in kindergarten, at the tender age of three. It is not that you are incapable of learning, however, at three years old, having the attention span of a fruit fly, Peter and Carol playing with a ball just does not interest you. All you want to do is physically play with a ball instead of reading about other kids doing the action. Despite your opposition, the choice is not yours. You ae a child; what Mommy says goes, so you learn anyway. However, being forced to read caused the practice to become more of a nuisance than an action for leisure. How is it that you, at such a tender age, just starting to formulate your first opinions on things in life, are expected to enjoy the practice of reading and actually want to do it when you are not forced?
A few years go by. You have started school earlier than the normal toddler and you are at the top of your class, yet you still only read when you absolutely have to. No matter how much your family members or teachers try to encourage you and suggest books to you, you have absolutely no interest in reading. Your sister, however, is an avid reader, and you look up to her as a role model so you start wondering why exactly she enjoys it so much. This is a thought that you have for weeks, yet you refuse to go against what you feel and try reading for leisure. This stubbornness continues until your curiosity gets the best of you and you ask her why she reads so much.
Now you have a different perspective on reading. Your sister has explained the wonders of reading to you. Its ability to open your mind. Its ability to activate your imagination. Its ability to allow you to create scenes in your mind and place yourself in the story. Its ability to teach you life lessons you would never forget. Though you are only six years old, you are now very interested in personally experiencing those feelings on your own; so you finally decide to read on your own. Naturally, at the age of six, you gravitate towards the books with the most pictures and colors. At this point you come across a book that really peaks your interest; the cover of the book displays three pigs and a wolf. Thinking back, you remember your mother previously suggesting this book to you months before, so you decide to read it in secret so she would never know.
While reading, you feel everything your sister said you would, with the addition of empathy for the characters you grew fond of. Upon completing the book, you sit there and start thinking about the meaning behind the story and you realize there are many life lessons that could be learned from that simple story that seems to be meant to entertain. At only six years old, no matter how much you think, you cannot seem to figure out what exactly the lessons behind the story could possibly be, so you decide to seek help from some one older. You decide to ask your sister but she is too busy with her own reading, so you decide to ask your older cousin. With yet another failure, considering your cousin had no idea what the meaning was either, you are forced to suck it up and let your mother know about your secret reading and the questions that follow. She is nothing but happy to see that you have finally taken an interest in reading and that you are not only reading for entertainment but to understand and learn new things. You are then commended for your willingness to go the extra mile in order to find out extra information beyond what is presented in the book, which serves as another reward, other than the knowledge that you have already taken from reading the actual book. With that being said, she sits you down and starts explaining to you the different life lessons that you take with you through the rest of your life. Three of these lessons include:
- Always be prepared for the inevitable
- A quick fix is never the answer
- Teamwork results in a much greater chance of success than trying to perform a task on your own
After sitting and listening attentively to your mother explain these life lessons in depth, though you are only six years old, you quickly get a grasp on life that most people your age do not experience. The story of the Three Little Pigs has now had a permanent effect on your life and as a result, you have now developed a love for reading the you will not shake, despite the advancement of technology all around you.