Throughout my life I have always been surrounded by children. When I was a young girl I was always babysitting, dreaming of having several children of my own to love and raise. I later became a wife and the mother of a son and daughter, both who are now in college. When they were small we had beautiful times together. I journaled about some of our special memories and even all the knock, knock jokes. Later when they started school I started substitute teaching and then decided to get my teaching certificate although my first degree was in public relations. Once again I was surrounded by children, but this time in a classroom.
Being in the midst of children has always provided a refreshing retreat for me from the sometimes stuffy world of adults. By their true nature children are transparent. If you ask them what they think, they will always tell you. Although they may seem powerless and meek in our society, they are not. At times they can be leaders in our world today. We need only lean down and incline our ears to listen to what they are saying.
In my book, “Jesus and the Children of Galilee” I imagined that among the first disciples Jesus selected there were also children that he commissioned to spread the Gospel. Two of my main characters are fictitious but very possibly could have been among the children that followed Jesus and loved him with no judgment or reserve. Here was a group that sought not to crucify him, but to just love and admire him. Perhaps this was the group Jesus referred to when he said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:3 (New American Standard Bible)
So now I invite you to read my biography, and my first short story published in the Lighted Pathway, a national publication back when I was 15 years old. Also check out my blog. There might be some comments you may want to share with me. I’m looking forward to hearing from all of you.