A crucial skill

When Barak Obama announced his annual summer reading picks for 2018, I felt a little proud. I had actually already read several of them! But one book I hadn’t yet read was Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover. It had been on my to-read list since it came out, and his recommendation instantly catapulted to the top. When my Audible credit for the month arrived, I exchanged it for the book. Now I walk nightly to Westover’s words. She worked hard to learn them, and revels in using them. I picture her writing down certain phrases that she feels so perfectly capture her experiences and pocketing them, like treasures. Sometimes I find this a bit tiresome, and sometimes I melt into them. And, sometimes, I am prompted to write down them too.⁣

the skill i was learning was a crucial one, the patience to read things I could not yet understand

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for major digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Formerly a mental health researcher, Emily also holds a master's degree in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at www.emilypgerickson.com.

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