Stories nurture a child’s BeComing
May 24, 2016
Late May, with Memorial Day quickly approaching, announces summer is about to arrive. A perfect summer activity awaits—the joy of reading a book just for pleasure, with no assignment attached, while eating an ice cream cone.
Louise Erdich was recently asked what book made her who she is today? Her response speaks volumes—It’s wasn’t a book, but it was stories. My family made life into stories.
The stories we hear and the stories we tell make us who we are. Children are made readers on the laps of people who show their love by reading aloud, adding stories to a child’s memory bank from which they can draw on for a lifetime.
Children who are nurtured into becoming readers have a lifelong gift. They can go anywhere they please; they can meet extraordinary people, showing us who we are at a moment in time and who we might BEcome. No Matter the age, there is no statue of limitations on Becoming.
As children grow into adolescence, all too often they put their efforts into fitting in, leaving little energy left for finding out who they are. A child who loves stories and knows what it is to be nurtured by stories has a better shot of traveling on the road of BEcoming, not just fitting in and going along. They become the narrator of their own story.
This young girl is well on her way to dreaming, writing her story. Deep in my heart is my hope that one day she will share her story with me but if not, it will be enough to know stories nurtured her BeComing.
May 9, 2016
J.M. Barrie wrote Peter Pan 112 years ago and yet the book lives on in the mind and heart of every child who has read the story. What might be less known is the family tragedy that inspired Barrie to write the story of Peter Pan, the story of a boy that stayed a boy […]
What would the Bard have to say to his many critics if he showed up to mark the 400th anniversary of his death?
April 25, 2016
You are in good company if you hold Shakespeare in disdain. The roster of famous writers and celebrated personages who have picked quarrels with Shakespeare runs long. Who do you most align with—the poet laureate, Nahum Tate, Voltaire, Tolstoy? Tate adapted King Lear into a crowd pleaser—giving King Lear a happy ending, restoring Lear to […]
April 25, 2016
A poem deposits a feeling on my doorstep like no other literary form. I think all too often we put poetry on the living room mantle—to be taken down in times of needing to mark an occasion. I see no reason to save poetry for only solemn moments. There is a poem waiting to celebrate […]
South China Morning Post quotes Diane on the recent tragic cluster of childhood suicides In Hong Kong
March 21, 2016
The recent cluster of suicide among children in Hong Kong is disturbing and has provoked some much needed soul searching for all adults. It is critically important to speak openly and candidly with children about the pressures they feel to succeed, to be the best.The burden children feel inside the overriding message— that only the […]