At school, Jaxon is learning about becoming an author and what it means to tell and write stories. He has a REALLY hard time writing down his thoughts, he gets the concept of writing, but he gets in a hurry and forgets to spell out the words and just writes a few letters from each word instead…this doesn’t work very well for writing stories. Anyway, he got very upset because I couldn’t read or understand his story and it lead to one o those horrible melt downs with him telling me that he wasn’t a good author and he could never be a writer…etc.
I decided to be a “cool” parent and pull out my “published book” with the idea in mind that I would be showing him how anyone “even an ordinary mom” could become and author. Yes, it worked…sort of. I read him the dedication, since he was a huge part of that, and then he started asking questions…”where are all the pictures, is this book really true,
why is it so long”…not exactly the reaction I was hoping for, but not a complete failure either. He told me how he thought my sentences were “very nice” and that he was proud of me…ok, we are getting somewhere now. I asked him if he would like to take my book to school and show is friends that anyone can be an author…if they work very hard. Reaction – “ummm, maybe some other day, mom”…ouch, yeah, I have definitely lost quite a bit of my “cool factor” according to my 7 year old.
Oh, and he said the funniest thing last night. As we were talking about how he could become an author (because mommy did it) and he could make a lot of money when he got older. Well, I said “when you become an author you can make a lot o money and you can buy me a house”…his reply…”umm, maybe I could just buy you a window”… There you have it folks, today’s generation of kids, you ask them to buy you a house and you get offered a window!