Happy Wednesday! (which incidentally feels like a weird TuesdayThursday hybrid since we had a holiday on Monday.) Though the first day of Autumn is a couple of weeks away, we are nowhere near Fall temperatures around here. Which for now, is okay with me. We’re still enjoying longish days and plenty of warm sun on our well broken in flip-flops.
This is our half way point, my chance to share some goodness from the internet and elsewhere– hope you enjoy a little corner of hope, help, and a touch of silliness in your week.
Anna Dewdney, the author of the hilarious Llama Llama children’s books passed away this week, after a 15 month battle with brain cancer. Not only a celebrated author, Anna was also a huge advocate of the importance of reading to children. She in fact requested that those who wished to celebrate her life would simply take time to read to a child. This act of sharing a book with a child was to be instead of a funeral service.
When questioned, she told the Wall Street Journal–
When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else’s eyes. I will go further and say that that child then learns to feel the world more deeply, becoming more aware of himself and others in a way that he simply cannot experience except in our laps, or in our classrooms, or in our reading circles. –Anna Dewdney
I love this so much. We have loved the LlamaLlama books and will continue to laugh at them for years to come.
And now a few words of encouragement from the great wide somewhere– (Two of these are fellow Hope*Writers!)
3 Things You Can Do to Make Social Media Great Again by Amy Fritz — a simple, helpful, post in a time when it may be tempting to share unhelpful, emotionally charged comments.
A Ministry of Flowers and Discovering Me by Kamille Scellick for GraceTable. ”
“Flowers seem frivolous. Planting a vegetable garden, an orchard, well that’s quite utilitarian and serves a purpose. However, sometimes what our soul needs is rest from what is perceived as dutiful and useful. We need rest from the titles we have given ourselves.”
To Be Like Her by Amanda Bacon “…We get sidetracked so easily fixing our eyes on the temporary, while temporarily ignoring what we know to be true.”
See you soon, friends!