Here sits a little cardinal and angel against the backdrop of an avocado on my windowsill. The cardinal was my Mom’s favorite bird and I picked this one up at a gift shop. The angel is a Christmas gift from my daughter, Grace.
I like little things. Maybe that’s why I chose a little acorn and a little button as the main characters in my book, Acorn and Button.
Little things are big things to kids. From seeing a crawdad in a creek for the first time to losing a favorite stuffed animal, kids experience moments in a big way. They live in the moment.
I try to see things as a child might. It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes practice and a certain kind of letting go. Letting go of adult thoughts and the things we think we know. There’s a vulnerability. Maybe I don’t know as much as I thought. Maybe I’m not in complete control. Maybe that’s ok.
Playing with children helps, especially when we let them take the lead.
I think one of the greatest things in this life is to be a child at heart. That’s a joy I wish for every one of my readers, young and old.