In previous blog posts, I’ve written about my experience growing up with an exceedingly enthusiastic mother as well as an older brother with autism and how it affected my process of learning how to read and write. It can be strange to see how things so seemingly insignificant can play such an important role in shaping the kind of person you become. My mom being an english professor for almost as long as I’ve been alive and attending supplementary classes with my brother at the ripe age of about two and a half molded my personal relationship with literacy at an incredibly young age. I’ll be honest, in my most recent years I haven’t paid much thought as to why I am the kind of reader and writer that I am. This has been changed entirely by enrolling in this English class. Looking back on my childhood, it’s been fascinating to view the small or large influences in my life and evaluate how they impacted my journey with literacy. The fact that I became interested in knowing more about my past allowed me to deeply connect with the topic of what a sponsor of literacy is. To my knowledge, a sponsor of literacy is an influence on a person’s understanding or involvement with literacy which can be positive or negative.
Like I’ve said before, I believe a crucial sponsor of literacy in my personal experience would have to be my family, and I’m sure many people could say the same. Like most others, my parents first taught me how to read and I inherited my attitude towards literacy directly from them. My mother has been a particularly influential person in my reading and writing experience. Starting from when I was young, I’ve wanted to be just like my mother, the reading enthusiast, and avid writer. What can I say? She’s my hero. As often as I was able to, I’d accompany her to writing workshops, bookstores, and even the occasional lecture while I was young enough to tag along. I didn’t know it at the time, but spending time with my mother at those types of events had already begun to shape my view on literacy. I just believed I was spending time with the person I treasured most in the world. I had no idea it could be so much more than that. I’ll be quite frank, at first, learning about what a literary sponsor was made me ask myself, “well, so what?” I wondered why knowing what such a thing was would come to be important. I can safely say after reading the stories written by both Malcolm X and Sandra Cisneros, as well as looking into not only my own personal history with literacy, but others as well, I can see why a sponsor of literacy is so significant. After all, rhetoric is one of the key concepts to producing a successful piece of writing. I feel that when people begin to understand the results literary sponsors can have on their lives as well as others, people can truly begin to understand each other as well as where they themselves come from. Knowing that, it’s much easier to appeal to your audience which can mean so much if you’d like to get your ideas across to others, and isn’t that what writing is all about?