E is for Encyclopedia.
When I was a little girl of five (back home in the Philippines), there were a bunch of big, hardbound, and expensive-looking books locked inside one of our spacious glass-covered shelves.
One day, one of my aunties unlocked the glass door of one of the shelves. She took out one of the giant books. She went back to her chair and opened the book flat on her desk. I approached her because I got curious to find out what was inside the big book.
My eyes were captivated instantly. The pages were colored and they had a lot of pictures and drawings.
"Auntie, may I have one of those books, too?" I asked.
"Sure you may," she replied. She stood up and reached for the very first book in front of the row.
"Are those drawing books?" I asked, waiting for a positive answer.
"Nope," my auntie said handing over the book to me that has a silver A on the cover.
I was disappointed that the books weren't drawing books, but as a kid it was a normal reaction.
My auntie told me that the books inside the shelves carried all the information about the whole world. She added that everything inside was written alphabetically. Also, she advised me that I'd learn a lot of information by reading them.
I got interested in reading because of the different encyclopedias at home. We had Colliers and Encyclopedia Britannica at that time, as far as I can recall.
Today, decades after, every bit of information can be found online--through laptops, cellphones, and tablets. No more thick, heavy, hardbound encyclopedia books. Technology made our lives easier. With this old school gadget, I totally agree. Can you imagine carrying 26 hardbound books, from letters A to Z? I carry my phone with me everyday knowing I can get answers if ever I encounter a scientific phenomenon around the corner. I miss the smell of old encyclopedia books, but I surely don't want to carry them all with me for information's sake.
Maybe, I'd carry them if I need backpack weight while doing my walking workout. *wicked evil grin*