I’ve always believed in putting positive energy into the world. I cheer on my friends when something wonderful happens; their joy is my joy. I try to be encouraging when they are facing challenges. Sometimes just letting someone vent or have as much time as they need to talk about what’s bothering them, is a gift.
This is also my habit on social media and with people I don’t know. You never know when your smile, your kindness, your acknowledgment of someone will make a difference.
Last week, after a successful day of two school visits that included seeing children who used to be my students and their families, I was driving in Chicago to meet a friend for dinner. I saw a man spreading out newspaper on the wet street so he could kneel and change a flat tire. I had an empty box that had been full of books that morning. I stopped and offered the box to the man and the woman whose tire he was changing. They were grateful and I was happy to be able to help.
I mentioned that I would appreciate it if they would recycle the box when they were done because it had my name and the title of my book on it. They asked to see the book and each of them bought a copy! When I stopped, selling books wasn’t even on my mind. I just felt like I could spread a little joy after a wonderful day.
photos of the wonderful families who I used to teach who came to see me.
I spent a fantastic Saturday morning at The Book Stall in Winnetka, a wonderful independent book store with 75 years in the community. Author events and book clubs fill their calendar.
It was a dream-come-true feeling, reading ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and answering questions from the crowd which included babes in arms, engaged children sitting on the floor, longtime friends in the area, and a lovely elderly woman from the neighborhood who attended with her caretaker. While signing books, I was able to have some wonderful moments with the attendees. The perfectly dressed older woman asked if I’d come home with her and read again later.
Charlie loves the snow! He looks for the deepest pile he can find and burrows his face in. He happily frolics through drifts and pristine off trail snow. His most recent addition to his repertoire of enjoying the snow is roll in it on his back.
I’ve created an entry for #50PreciousWords This contest is offered by Vivian Kirkfield. I’ve been lucky to be part of Vivian’s debut year, she has three books coming out and I have one, but who’s counting? We met through Picture Book Buzz which is a fantastic group of authors and illustrators. The contest runs through March 6, if you’d like to enter.
Sitting Atop the World
Together. Like a team. We climb.
Feel the strength underfoot.
My hand waits, if you need it. Reach for blue sky.
The branches are like stairs. We climb.
The tree holds us, hugs us, loves us.
Lean my way. Feel the sun’s warmth. Beauty surrounds us.
Sitting atop the world.
Tonight on the way home, I was thinking how much I love the longer days and wondered if I’d see a sunset. The view as I reach the top of the steep road home is often noteworthy. The paved road ends and the majority of the last two miles is downhill. Today I pulled over to take these photos. Unfiltered, you can see the snow on the peaks in the distance as the sun illuminates the clouds. Perfect timing.