So, I’m finally gearing up to publish the children’s story I wrote & illustrated two years ago.
Going Through a Maze.
When I was writing this story my father was diagnosed with cancer. And actually, it wasn’t a story it was a poem. My father even had the opportunity to read that poem. I turned it into a story after he passed away. And every Wednesday when my mother in-law would watch McKinley I tirelessly sketched and colored my heart out.
Unfortunately, I’ve sent it out and It’s not a story publishing company’s want to publish. Mostly, because it’s a children’s story about Cancer and subsequently death. Shocker. But, it also happens to be a story about preserverence, love, friendship, and family. You know, like important shit?
Anyways, I wanted to read my daughter something to help explain what our family was going through at the time, and there just wasn’t anything on the market. It’s important that there are story’s for children about cancer and death because many families experience this and death is simply inevitable– no matter how invincible you want to be.
So, I continue my journey and will be now be self-publishing! I’ll be sure to let my readers know when it’s ready to purchase. I also plan to donate a portion of the proceeds to help fund lung cancer research.
Three year olds ask the best questions. Those tough-sometimes-you-just-can’t-fully-answer type of questions, don’t they?
My father called this phase, “The Little Philosophers phase,” because they are curious thoughtful thinkers. And always asking, “why?!”
This morning, after we all finally got buckled into our cozy CRV, McKinley started out, “Why do we need to save the earth? No no no no..Mama. HOW do we save the earth? That’s what I mean.”
“What a great question McKinley. There are many reasons to save the earth and many ways we can save the earth. Like, using less water. Turning off our lights when we’re not using them. Recycling. The list goes on.”
I told her to ask all of her friends and teachers, because there was something to learn from everyone. So, I said, I would do the same. What are your thoughts on why we should save the earth and/or how we can save the earth?!
“Hiiiiii Momm! Guess what? I bothered all my friends today during rest time!” McKinley excitedly pronounces this to the world first thing when she sees me in the car pick up line.
Her boisterous attitude reminds me of someone else I know. Hmmm. Yup, I remember the good ol’ days.
I remember vividly laying on a blue rest mat using my headband as glasses and pretending to be an alien. ? Yeah, I’m not sure why either—I didn’t get a “fuzzy ball” that day. Or all the other days I bothered my friends.
McKinley’s loud and spunky attitude (now that she is in school) has been bringing back a flood of memories. But, I’ll have to touch more on that later, because she’s litterally starting to strip down to her birthday suit outside.