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Aug 24 2012

ShareReads: Caution School Zone!

by ShareReads

ShareReads intro

As I was driving to work I realized traffic was busier than usual. Unaware of the start of the school year I was smack dab in the middle of blinking lights, stop signs, twenty-five miles per hour school zones and  happy kids eager to enter school to learn and make friends. A jolt of reality hit me of how far I had come from those formative years but how in ways I yearned to return to a more structured and protected life. So I went in search for the authors who I loved as a child but could still enjoy as an adult. I allowed Shel Silverstein to remind me about relationships in The Missing Piece Meets the Big O:

“The missing piece sat alone waiting for someone to come along and take it somewhere. Some fit… but could not roll… Others could roll but did not fit. One didn’t know a thing about fitting”

or the power of change in Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss:

“You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may. Try them and  you may, I say. Sam! If you will let me be I will try them. You will see.”

Who could forget the comfort of unconditional love and family in The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown:

“If you become a sailboat and sail away from me,” said his mother. “ I will become the wind and blow you where I want you to go.”

The memories…

Though I can never return to elementary school and the carefree world of childhood, remembering these books created for kids but still needed for adults gave me hope and renewed me for the day. I said to myself, “I’m going on a bear hunt. I’m going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! I’m not scared…”

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