Warm. Glowing. Alive. That’s what we’re after.
This is an excerpt from the upcoming “Spark: How to write a book with your kids–and why you should” due out in just a few weeks. You can pre-order Spark right here for just $0.99.
Although this book is supposedly about kids and for kids, I’m going to let you in on a little secret early on. Yes, I realize we’re in the introduction of part one of the book, but hear me out. I’ll be brief.
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
We, dear parents, dear adults, are the ones who probably need the spark.
Yep, this entire book started out with the intention of rekindling that spark within our children. But you know what? They are like, if you’ll excuse my tireless visuals of fire and kindling and embers, that perfectly constructed bonfire with the pine needles and thin strips of bark gathered so carefully. It’s all ready to go. There’s just enough air and fuel and all it needs is a little spark.
Meanwhile, we adults are more like that smoldering pile of wet charcoal the night after the bonfire. Then it rained.
As I’ve worked on this book, interviewed moms and uncles, bakers and musicians, authors and artists, I’ve learned that although the kids might need that one little spark to get the fire started, we are the ones who are going to bask in the warm glow of the adventure, this experiment, this time in our lives.
Meanwhile, once that fire has caught, they’re looking for marshmallows and a stick to roast them on.
They have the energy, the creativity, and the bottomless imaginations. We’re here to provide that initial spark to get this campfire started.
We’re after the lasting, glowing, and warm embers that will endure far beyond this one scene in the long play of our lives–and the many acts to come for our kids.
Embers. Warm. Glowing. Alive.
That’s why we’re doing this.