More than that,
the nightly ritual instilled in her the importance of satisfying
obligations and setting priorities. By allotting 15 minutes – although
it often exceeded that amount – per night, Ozma made
a connection with her father that was unique and cherished. “Nothing
came up that we could not get through,” Ozma said.
In recounting this distinctive and unifying achievement
for a graduate school application essay, she also triggered
events that led publishers to court her to turn the story
into a book. Although she faced many challenging moments,
including her reluctance to write the story, Ozma eventually
recognized the impact and significance that telling about
her experience could have on others’ lives.
“The more you do it, the better you feel about it. You get a lot of pride
out of it,” Ozma said.
She realized, as well, that others may be hesitant about
establishing their own reading promises. She urges those
who wish to start – but who are uncertain as to how – to
make it a social experience that involves as many people
as possible. She also suggests utilizing librarians in choosing
books that are balanced and that each party involved finds
interesting. When reading with young children, she emphasizes
the importance of selecting the books together, so that the
experience is even more rewarding for the reading partners.
Ozma believes that anyone can benefit from starting, and
maintaining, a reading promise. As for her seemingly matchless
reading streak, Ozma said: “I cannot wait for the
day when somebody emails me and says we’re at
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||Kayla Anderson is
a graduate student in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communications. She earned her bachelor's
degree from the University of Tennessee, but
is a proud native of Columbia.