Thursday, February 3, 2011

a Dream...

I love when my kids tell me what they want to do or hope to be when they grow up. I love it even more when I can talk it through with them and they start to really believe their dreams can come true. A book I once read suggested mapping out for your kids how to reach there dreams in a way they can understand. I also wanted to give them role models who have done what they hope to do.  Well Little mister has decide he no longer wants to be a Brain surgeon ( Sorry Dr Gillium we still think your amazing but his dreams have changed) he now wants to be an Author and to tell you the truth he just might. He has already written a few little books which he got to share with his class at school. His idea for writing came from his love of the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary.  We have one book left to read and then we will move on to some of her other great books. This spring we plan to make the trip to visit the streets she wrote about and the park here in Portland. While looking up Beverly Cleary on the computer we found she is 99 and lives in California so Little mister asked if we could write her a letter to say thank you for her books.  So we sat down one rain afternoon and wrote to her.









A Ramona Quimby Q...


Even Little Miss joined in the fun...






The back of the envelope was signed with "Ramona Q" and a B for Beverly Cleary.  Look at that smile he is so proud and could not wait to get this letter in the mailbox.




We had so much fun and I loved that the kids sent these off in the mail understanding that we may never hear back and we are not sure if she when she will get them but now she knows we are thankful for her books. Thankful that she pursed her dream, and gave hope to others. Plus we got some good practice writing in :) Now little mister wants to meet a publisher, not sure how to pull that one off?

What's your dream? What small steps are you taking to get there?

5 comments:

Jen said...

Can we go on that tour too! I have been wanting to do that. Malia LOVES the movie and we're planning to start the books soon.

Alyse said...

Hey Michelle, Grandma Sandy is an author and self-publisher. You should take him to meet her. I would happily introduce them.

Heather said...

That is so cool... and I love how you encourage your beautiful kiddos!!

Anonymous said...

Michelle....my younger brother has a small publishing company in Eugene. If you think you might want to plan a field trip sometime, let me know and I think I could work it out : ) Colin could even see how they package and mail out the books : )

JP2

Anonymous said...

I love these kiddos. I love that you encourage them to dream. Keep doing it. You never know when a dream comes true. I love you my beautiful sister! you are a great mom.

mel