Since I'm on break from writing, I've been concentrating on my other work with children (in before/after school programs with the YWCA) and find these little precious beings filling my soul. I am blessed to be appreciated by them, that they feel safe with me and my colleagues. Living on the edge of, well, fear-unrest-nervousness about Covid, we have to make sacrifices every day for their safety and ours and they do, too. I hate it for them, but am also glad because they still get to come to school. They still get this time to catch up on what they missed the years before. They are learning again to socialize and be a part of something bigger than themselves: their community. So far we haven't had to close any programs! Our parents are being wonderful and understanding and trusting us to help care for their children when they need us to do so. I feel like this work is helping me grow as a person (and it helps give me my "Kiddy " fix since my only grandchild lives in France!)
I wanted to share this and Black History Month with you, because I'm so very, very, VERY tired of "bad" news all the time. I can't stand to listen to most of it anymore because it's so off balance of "real" life. I DO read CNN's "Good News" newsletter every weekend and smile every time. It is so nice to read something positive and to see how many really beautiful/wonderful/gentle/loving people there are in the world. I count all of you IWSG'ers among them. You make me feel special and a part of something really good and much bigger than myself. I thank you for that and for being who you are.
The IWSG question of the month is: Is there someone who influenced or supported you that perhaps isn't around anymore? Anyone you miss?
Yes. My father. My Dad was a writer and great reader all my life. I've already mentioned on a different post here how, when we were kids our father had us write short one page stories for our allowance. He would then read them with us and correct our spelling or whatever. When I decided to listen to my soul and write, he was my greatest supporter (my mom too!) and he encouraged me, not only to write, but gave me the facts of how hard it would be. I miss him more than words can convey.
Please go and visit our co-hosts this month and thank them for helping out!
Joylene Nowell Butler, Jacqui Murray, Sandra Cox,Lee Lowery!
So, I hope February, BLACK HISTORY MONTH, is not just an "in between" month for you and that you find something precious and positive in it this year. Happy February!
Hi Lisa - wonderful story about your father (and your mother) - he was inspirational in getting you to write a story for your allowance ... how brilliant that was - I hope you've got them. Black History month - there are so many amazing men and women out there, who inspire us ... especially those who've struggled. Great to read about your work with the little ones - they'll remember these days happily in years to come. All the best - HilaryReplyDelete
Thanks Hilary! I hope the little ones remember the good times from now. It is their "normal" now I guess...Delete
I'm glad the kids are learning to socialize again and you are there to help them.ReplyDelete
I never check CNN so stunned they have anything positive on their site.
I get their newsletter every weekend! It is wonderful and full of stories of brave, generous people, animals, a cute animal video and lots of other stuff!Delete
I'm the only writer in my family, though my young grandson is showing an interest. But to have a parent as a mentor, that's wonderful. Happy IWSG day, Lisa.ReplyDelete
Keep working with those kids. They were damaged by so much the past two years.ReplyDelete
Enjoy your break!ReplyDelete
I love that story about your dad. How wonderful!ReplyDelete
It's wonderful that you're helping the kids. They need a safe place to thrive.ReplyDelete