I received a surprise gift in the mail a couple of days ago. My uncle sent me a bronze paperweight that is now sitting proudly on my desk. The quote says, “Either write something Worth Reading or Do Something Worth Writing.” I have several things that I have written over the years. I’m not sure they’re worth reading but maybe someday I will share with others. On the subject of writing, I have several diaries from when I was younger and although I haven’t written in them since my high school years, I still like the idea of collecting thoughts and feelings in one place to preserve. In a way this is my diary now, I don’t put all my hopes and fears here, but there are glimpses. It makes me very happy to report that Vita has begun keeping a diary. One that she hides under her mattress and writes in while hunching over so no one can see. She tightly grips her pencil and stops every once in a while to gather her thoughts before furiously scribbling them on the paper. I see myself in her at these moments. A girl who gets excited about a new journal, sharpened pencil and a pretty ribbon to bookmark my page. There is something wonderful about putting words on paper.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
My favorite line from the book is “It was a stick – a stick that was just right for smacking a snow-covered tree.”
After all there is nothing like standing under a tree covered in snow and smacking a stick on the branch as the snow falls all around you.