Neither of my parents went to college, but they were super-enthusiastic when it came to my literary efforts. They encouraged my writing in different ways. And, thanks to them, books played a big part in my life.
My mom liked to buy me Little Golden Books whenever we went to the A&P. I spent most of my pocket money on comic books - Superman, Little Lulu and best of all the Classics Illustrated. After I'd read them all countless times, she'd help me organize comic book sales on our front porch - that way I could make money to buy new comics! She was my first agent, too, sending my stories to Jack and Jill and other children's magazines, in hopes of getting them published.
My parents always encouraged me - they were confident that one day I'd be published - and although they're gone now, it seems to me they left behind a special legacy.