Thursday, July 11, 2013
Yesterday morning, I worked with the little ones at our summer writing program at St. Florian Center's Youth Leadership Development Camp, drawing stories out of them, helping them put the words down on the page. One of the little girls, LaNiyah (7), stroked my inner arm while I was writing.
“Your arm is soggy,” she said.
I laughed. “That’s because I’m old,” I said.
She looked at me, considered, then said cheerfully, “You still have teeth, though.”
“I do!” I said. “And that is a good thing.”
I especially love the little ones. They’re so lovely to look at, so full of life. I love watching our college interns and volunteers work with the kids of all ages. They come up with great stuff to keep them on track.
I went from St. Florian to my favorite bookstore, IndyReads, where our Latino middle-schoolers from LaPlaza gathered to browse the bookshelves and listen to what three young, very cool real writers had to say about writing. Bryan Furuness, Andrew Scott and Ben Winters volunteered their time to talk about writing when they were kids and writing now.
“Read, read, read,” all of the writers told the kids. “Read what you want. Anything. ‘Good books’ are the ones you like, not the ones people say you should like. If you can’t afford to buy books, go to the library. It’s yours. You can check out any book you want.”
After the kids received autographed copies of the books Ben’s publisher had provided, I moved on to “my” library—the College branch of IMCPL at 42nd Street and College Avenue.
Finishing off this very excellent, day my husband and I bicycled up the Monon Trail to Bazbeaux Pizza in Carmel, where we had a huge salad and our favorite pepperoni, onion and red pepper pizza…then cycled the calories off (well, some of them) on the way home.