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Carrot on a Stick

Carrot on a Stick

Our little Arnold was such a showman on TV when he was small. He loved being the center of attention. Plus he was small enough that we could pick him up and take him everywhere we went to interact with people. All of you who […]

Ingenuity

Ingenuity

      He looked at it, fiddled with it, and announced that it was broken. We didn’t rush over to fix it right away. (Probably because we were not only tired of reading the same book but also tired of listening to the same […]

Nana’s and Papa’s Reading Lap

Nana’s and Papa’s Reading Lap

No matter what your physical limitations are: you can read.

I remember as a child climbing up on my grandparent’s lap to read. They didn’t have to move, just sit. I can still think how that felt. The cotton material in my grandmother’s moomoo was soft to the touch. I could smell the biscuits that she made before she sat down to read. As she aged she could not get around because she had bone cancer. However, I still have a picture of her sitting to read to my child, her great-grandchild, and being grateful he could experience that.

No matter your location: you can read using video chat or a phone. You could even use SnapChat and be the bunny in the rabbit story. How much fun would that be?

Being far away from your grandchildren is hard. It takes work to keep up that bond because of distance. The good news is that most of our greatest relationships in this generation are formed by methods other than being in the same physical space. Our society is used to bonding over email, video, or phone. But- it takes commitment and work to do it. Scheduling time with your grandchildren at bedtime can be a great help to your own children. It helps the parents be able to have time to clean the kitchen or just get a moment to talk to each other while you read the bedtime story.
You might be the only person in their life that has time to read to them.

This is especially true of single-parent households. A single parent has to do everything by themselves so often reading time is just not possible. In fact, if the single parent sat down to read, he or she might just fall asleep with the book. It is a tough job to be a parent and being a single parent is more than twice as hard. There is no blame or shame that parent should feel because they don’t have time to read. Parents are like one-armed wallpaper hangers: You get one side up and the other falls down because you don’t have enough hands to do it all.

Discussions about stories add value to your grandchild’s life.
Often times we don’t get all the way through a book with our children. They have things to say about each page and listening will give you insight into their thought process.

Callie our oldest granddaughter is an excellent reader. She was reading to me from the back seat as I was driving and we had the best discussion about Judy Bloom’s chapter books. She would read, then she would laugh about a certain section and we would have great conversations about life as she read.

This not only gave me insight into her thinking but I was able to pass on stories that came to mind about my childhood.
The bond that you create will last forever and be the fondest memory they have as they age. The stories that you share will come to their minds at random times as they need to draw strength in their lives.

I can remember being sad one day because my life was a mess. My husband was in rehab, our finances were shabby, and I just didn’t know how to move forward. I was out for a walk crying when I saw a colorful flower garden. I started crying more because I thought of my Mimi and a book she would read to me.

I don’t even remember the words to the book. It was the beautiful pictures in it that for some reason popped into my mind. Mimi and I talked about those pictures. We looked at the flowers and streams in the book and talked about the wonders of God’s creation. It was a special book that she had. She only got it out when we could be very still and not damage the book.

I realized that I was focusing on my misery, not my blessings. I started noticing the flowers and praying thankfulness for my eyes, my mind, and my Mimi. The memory of her time reading that book gave me strength and peace exactly when I needed it the most.

Reading to your grandchildren will be what they want to pass on to future generations. As we age we want to pass on the good things about the good days to future generations. We want to pass on the parts of life that should not be forgotten. The treasures need to be preserved.

The love of reading will educate the uneducated. The love of reading will be a friend that can comfort when they are lonely. A book can help relax an overstimulated adult or child. A story can give you insight to life and bring meaning to your problems. Words can heal and we need to show the future how to use them.

Teach them that books can make you laugh on a sad day. Cry on a happy day. Give them a story they can get lost in. Educate them about history. Reading can even make them excel in business. Pass on the love of reading by reading to your grandchildren.

A Small Wish

A Small Wish

Christmas advertising comes earlier and earlier every year. So I decided to jump in as the tinsel starts appearing on the shelves and while pumpkins have yet to be carved. The advertising starts as soon as the Halloween costumes are purchased. I have even seen […]

Why I Want to Write for Children

Why I Want to Write for Children

Children see the world without all the baggage that we as adults do. Adults often forget to see the beauty in our lives because life itself got in the way. When writing to children, I am also writing to their parents. In those moments of […]

Bart’s Escape Out the Gate

Bart’s Escape Out the Gate

We lived on a farm with 5 horses, 2 lambs, 2 goats, 3 pigs, 2 ferrets, 3 dogs, and as many barn cats as it took to keep the mice away. Our children learned early to feed the animals which involved opening and closing their gates. The kids were very good at remembering the importance of keeping the animals securely locked in.

My husband, on the other hand, was continually forgetting to latch the gate. This lead several times to our animals escaping to the neighbors. With ropes in hand, we were rounding up our heard many times to get them back home.

Bart’s Escape Out the Gate came out of a dream I had one night about our pet dinosaur getting loose out the gate. My husband fed the animals that night and his neglect for closing the gate must have been on my mind as I drifted off to sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

My dream is finally coming to life and will be available for readers next month. Order Bart’s Escape Out the Gate before November 15th and get two dinosaur minis to go with the book for free. Plus if you enter the code BART to get $5 off. So pre-order your copy of Bart’s Escape Out the Gate today!

 

Is It Real Or A Matrix?

Is It Real Or A Matrix?

I was watching the news this morning about virtual reality apps, and it made my mind race thinking about how that affects our children. It also hits home that we are leaving our children to live in a matrix, a world of computer simulation. Reading […]

Why I Wrote Wings and Feet

Why I Wrote Wings and Feet

I really can never tell you why I wrote something. It really is a mental disorder how things come to me. My family often makes fun of me because we can be having an important conversation and all of a sudden a flash of ideas […]

Time – A Gift Today

Time – A Gift Today

 

I feel I’m getting old.

Because my memories increase

Of times when love was told,

And their actions were released.

 

I didn’t know back then

Selfishly I acted very spoiled.

I had not time to spend

My bitterness uncoiled.

 

Emptied of my ugliness

I open up my wounds,

To see others unfaithfulness

Like mine before I bloomed.

 

Unleash your words to meaning

Before it is too late.

Be patient, kind, and forgiving

Before God closes up the gate.

 

Step over droplets in your way

Don’t hold to bitter thoughts.

Show love to all today

Before you life is naught.

 

Goblins With My Mimi

Goblins With My Mimi

  My Mimi was special just the way she was in everyday life.  Her laugh was magical and it could make everyone around her joyous.  She loved Blue Bell Ice cream, which made me love it too.  Your life was bettered by being around her. […]