SHARE: Free Write Day 18

  START   The concept of sharing is one that’s long intrigued me.   If you watch children play, some are quick to share their toys while others pitch a fit royale if someone wants to play with the same one as they.   Is that an innate trait — willingness to share — or is it only taught?   And adults . . .   Have you ever noticed that some are quick to give to others, loaning temporarily or an outright gift . . . while others hold tight to whatever they have? The fit-throwing of childhood is no more, but the “holding on” characteristic remains.   I love to be around people who share — not because I want something from them, but because I love the kind of people they are. They ... Keep Reading...

GROW: Free Write Day 17

  START   What do you want to be when you grow up?   It’s a commonly-asked question. Children have the best answers, don’t they?   What did YOU want to be when you grew up?   The older I get, the more I realize I never really reach a point when growth ends. Grow up? Of course there’s a time when we become “grown ups”, but even then growth doesn’t end.   As long as life keeps us moving forward, we keep growing   . . . but the health of the “plant” depends greatly on our choices.   What am I still learning today—at age 57?   Listen. Be kind. Be honest with myself. Admit my mistakes, my faults, to myself—and others, when necessary. Give others the ... Keep Reading...

READ: Free Write Day 16

START   I walked into the living room and saw him: 7 years old. Long, lanky legs draped over the recliner.   Book in hand.   Intent, he read. Turning pages. Occasionally grinning.   I remembered some of his earliest days of “reading”. He’d sit on my lap, pointing to images in board books. Later we’d sit together on the couch and read his favorites.   Are You My Mother? Blue Goose Good Night, Gorilla   But now he reads “chapter books” that are years ahead of his age. He has a vocabulary that’s out of this world. He lets those books take him to places he’s yet to see.   Perhaps someday …   His little brother is following suit. He’s in kindergarten and reading books ... Keep Reading...