A mother taps her child on his shoulder. “Ok, time for bed.”
“Tomorrow is a school day. Let’s go.”
He switches of his computer and climbs into bed, his mind still racing full of flashing colors and loud noises. How does his mind transition to sleep? What thoughts can it hold? What can it build on? Where is the wonder? What are the answers to these questions?
Books and Stories.
Stories engage the mind. They entertain. They teach. They open doors to different times and places. They require imagination. A child’s mind may still be filled with a myriad of thoughts when a book is closed for the night, but they are thoughts and ideas, not noises and exploding colors.
I write because I was read to. I write because of a neighbor. Mrs. Wilson led me into the world of A.A. Milne.
I write because I want to share that gift. I write because I want children to dream about horses that talk.
I write so that parents can read to their children, and their children can read to their children, and their children to their children.