As I lay in bed, snuggling with my little guy, I realized that one day he would be a grown-up man. And I decided that there were a few things I wanted to tell the older version of this little person beside me. There are things from this stage of his life that I want him to take into adulthood. Things to hold on to when the storms of life bombards him.
- Remember looking at the little things. Every rock, every bug, every bird in the sky.
- Keep asking questions and keep finding answers. Never settle for half-truths.
- Remember the simple joy of running and jumping, of singing and dancing to the rhythm of the world inside your imagination.
- Remember that sometimes life is like a giant heavy duty cardboard box (like the one you played with when you were 3 years old). Somedays you need a “boat” to float down the river and explore far away places. Other days you need a “house,” with a roof over your head to keep you safe from the raging storm outside. Just flip it upside down, little man. That box can be whatever you need it to be.
- Be kind.
- Be happy.
- Be brave.
- Be yourself, because that is enough.
In the spirit of the fast-approaching Halloween season, my “review” this week is mostly a throw back classic that we’ve already read at least 50 times since September 1st, The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain.
This book is full of spooky fun. It’s also a very nice early reader book, that actually keeps your little reader entertained!
My favorite memory of this book happened at the Lincoln Carnegie Library in Lincoln KS. Miss Mary, the children’s librarian, set up a story time featuring this book where the kids actually got to go on an adventure through the library acting out the story. She even had a big brown ottoman so that the kids could climb over “Great sleeping bear”.
This book is a classic and not just a Halloween staple. We read it ALL the time, especially at Halloween! So grab your stick, rope, and light and snuggle in for a great spooky book!