You start your day reading the newspaper. A quick look at your watch, and you realize you're running late.
As you head to work, you watch for the street signs, you stop at the appropriate stop signs, and you park in front of your business.
Inside, your secretary hands you your phone messages. You thumb through them and begin returning your calls as you ease into your day on the job.
At quitting time, you jot down a few things you need from the store. You go to the store, pick up the items you need, pay the cashier and head home.
It's bedtime, and you cuddle up with your favorite novel before nodding off to sleep.
This could be a typical day in the life of a typical American.
But imagine how that day would change if you couldn't read the newspaper, the stop signs or your phone messages.
From the works of Hemingway to menu specials, reading is a part of everyday life for most Americans.
For some, however whether they suffer from dyslexia, speak a different language or just never learned how to read the written word is a foreign language.
It's never too late to learn to read, and the Rim Country Literacy Program stands at the ready with the tools and lessons to help make sense of the ABCs of English.
The Rim Country Literacy Program, which has helped dozens of adults learn to read, write and speak the English language over the years, will celebrate International Literacy Day Sept. 8, with the announcement of its new office. The program, which used to be conducted out of a corner of the Payson Public Library, is now at 809 W. Longhorn, Unit C14.
Anyone who would like to volunteer as a literacy tutor can attend a training workshop at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Manzanita Manor Courtyard dining room, 809 W. Longhorn Road.
For more information about becoming a tutor or about program enrollment, call the Rim Country Literacy Program at 474-2533.