C is learning to read, which, from my point of view as a writer and avid book lover, is possibly the most exciting thing she could ever learn. I see her start to grasp how letters work together and how words then string together to form sentences and her eyes just light up.
It’s a beautiful thing to see.
I gushed about reading in the car the other day, waxing poetic about all the books she’d soon be able to discover. In my mind I was making a long list featuring all my favorite childhood books. (Come on, who else used to read Trixie Belden? I know I’m not the only one!)
“Yeah, they’ve sure been busy.” C said, interrupting my fond thoughts of Mrs Piggle Wiggle and all the other fun books I can’t wait to share with my kids.
“Who? Who’s been busy?” I asked in an effort to pick up the thread of a conversation I was oblivious I was having.
“The writers! All the people who write the books! They’ve been writing lots of them.”
I thought about all the books lining all the shelves of all the bookstores in the world and just nodded my head.
“You know Mommy? We should really have a whole day when we just say thank you to all the writer for all the hard work they do.”
And… that’s pretty much when my heart exploded with love for this little girl who at the ripe old age of 5 already understands how precious books are and gets the awesomeness that are authors.
I explained to her that Literacy Month kind of is a whole month all about saying thank you to authors, but she wasn’t convinced that it was quite enough. So then I explained that you can always write a letter to the author of a book you loved to say thank you. It’s something I only recently started doing back when I started writing my own book and realized how much a pat on the back and hearty thank you might one day be very welcome.
Writing an email or a letter to an author you admire is really its own reward, but when that person writes back and thanks you for your note, that my friends, is just amazing. I’m glad I started saying thank you in more than just my head and I’m proud that my daughter didn’t wait until she was a grown-up to realize that she should do just that.