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A dusty box and some old memories

Taking a glance at my bookcase and wondering which comic book to read, I suddenly catch sight of a dusty box that is buried deep underneath. To discover the unknown treasure inside, I move it out at once and open it with curiosity. Instead of some jewelry that belonged to one of my ancestors, only a couple of books are found. As soon as I see them, those special memories with my grandfather come flooding back.

When I was very young and was just about to learn to read and write, he always held my little hand and taught me the beauty of calligraphy. On many leisure afternoons, I sat by his side, watching and listening, absorbed in the interesting stories about the ancient characters while he was elaborating on some splendid poems. I would never forget the moment when he left me his favorite collections.

Time goes by so fast. It has been nearly 10 years since my grandfather passed away. With his kind face emerging in front of my eyes, I pick up the books in the box and feel these pages with visible wear and tear. It soon strikes me that I haven’t bothered to read any classic this semester. Somehow, my habit has changed before I realize it. As my dictionaries give way to electronic devices, I change from a bookworm to a digital addict. What’s more, even if the books recommended by teachers may be included in the exam, I will not read the books thoroughly, but search the summary of them on the Internet just in order to have a good score.

It seems that nowadays people have no time to read a complete book. Is it true? In my point of view, the real reason is lack of self-discipline. There are so many distractions that we cannot digest a book with concentration. Moreover, perhaps somebody goes so far as to regard reading as a waste of time because they can get the main idea in a click of the mouse. But have they really got its moral or wisdom, or have they just taken it at face value? Actually, reading a book, like traveling a long journey, needs passion and determination.


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