Literacy was always important in our home. My Mom read to us from a very young age. She would bring home all kinds of books that would allow us to go on wonderful adventures and open our eyes to new perspectives, all without leaving our home. She was also a primary school teacher for over 30 years, who was passionate about helping her students discover reading and develop as readers.
It's only as an adult that I've really grown to appreciate the stories I'd hear over the years, of how even "lost causes" found their way as readers under her care. I see how fortunate I was to have a role model in my life who was so invested in literacy, and the doors that were opened as a result. As I've become a mother myself, in spite of the geographic distance, I see the difference her love of literacy makes in the lives of my children.
She'd never be one to toot her own horn, though I know I am not alone in appreciating her efforts. The ripples of readers she has touched are a wonderful legacy to have.