Thursday, December 23, 2010

 

Holiday Wishes

The Boy and The Girl decided to write stories as Christmas presents to their teachers this year.

They started on Monday at about 4:00. Other than a brief break for dinner, they kept writing until about 7:30. TB didn’t even want to stop then -- he mentioned that once he found his groove, writing was really fun.

They both made their teacher the center of the story. TG’s version made her teacher a bird, and told a story of a family of birds looking for food. TB’s version made his teacher the captain of a spaceship, with the class going from planet to planet. When they finished, they made covers and dedication pages; TB even did an “about the author.”

Their teachers loved the stories, but not nearly as much as I did. TB and TG loved the process of writing. They lost themselves in the flow of it, and took obvious glee in elaborating the plotlines. When they finished, they were justly proud of what they had done, and didn’t even notice that they hadn’t watched tv all day.

As a father, I was absolutely thrilled. They intended their gifts for their teachers, but I felt like I had received a gift, too. They’ve discovered one of my greatest loves. They’ve had the experience of losing themselves in the flow of writing, and of writing just to write. They’ve discovered a craft we can share, one in which I can actually be of some help. (I’m completely helpless when it comes to TB’s basketball or TG’s gymnastics.) And for their ages, they’re already pretty damned good at it. I can’t wait to see what they can do as they get older.

Writing really is fun. Thank you to all of my readers for giving me an excuse to keep writing. May your holidays bring you as much joy as mine already have.

I’ll take a brief break from writing for the holidays; the blog will be back on January 3. Happy holidays, everyone.

Comments:
Oh, this post just warmed me from head to toe. What lovely children you have raised, Dean Dad, and what a gift you have given them in teaching them to love words.

Merry Christmas to all of you!
 
Great story. Happy New Year.
 
Happy holidays to you too!
 
How lovely!

Happy Holidays to you and your family.
 
What a nice idea of TB and TG.

I just thought of a side benefit of this gift: their teachers don't need to consult ethics rules or employment contracts concerning the dollar value of the gift! Now that is a gift in itself.
 
With kids like that, you should have a great holiday.

We eagerly await your return!
 
Christmas has now passed but we must keep in mind that the spirit of Christmas must always be in our hearts. Everyday is Christmas and sharing to the unfortunate is like getting closer to God.
 
Hello great info on here!!
I have been reading into this kind of stuff and can not seem to get enough of it.
Thanks!!
 
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