A dear family friend, and teacher of mine from my days at Heroes', invited me to visit her grade 5 class at Knowlton Academy today.
Mrs. Blumenfeld welcomed me into her classroom off 22, excited children, eager to ask me questions and learn about how I got into writing and becoming a published author.
Miss. Olivia was there to welcome me, leading me up the flights of stairs to her classroom. She sat with me until the class was settled and ready, sharing how much she loves winter and the cold. Lucky kids had a snow day yesterday and she made a gingerbread house at her grandmother's home! What better way to spend a day away from school?
I received a warm welcome, big smiles, and waving arms, ready to ask me questions and throw out random facts about their dogs and how some liked the 1600s. There were so many good questions, some veered off of the writing process, and onto my style and clothing, but I loved how curious they all were.
Did you know that if I traveled back to the dinosaur times I'd wear dinosaur dresses? I didn't, but an adorable boy, who I believe is the class comedian, advised me so.
It was so nice to see them pull out their notebooks and pencils, their faces so close to the pages, writing down ideas of what story they'd like to write for a book. From hyper dogs to race-cars, to a tiny baby chick who lays blue and green eggs to go-karting, they all had something different.
When it comes to writing, it's important to write what you love, and Mrs Blumenfeld made it very clear to every boy and girl there. You need to show your passion and the reader will see it in your words.
Write what you know.
I hope those who are bookworms continue to read, those who dream of writing a book continue to scribble in their notebook, and those who are curious continue to learn and enjoy hours of research.