GRAND Magazine - March/April 2018 - 13

memories and moments

My grandson - the author
BY SARA TISDEL

D

uring our weeklong family Thanksgiving trip to Florida,
after a few days of nonstop ocean and pool fun, I asked
my six-year-old grandson, Joah, if he might like to write
a book. I had brought along some blank books like the ones my
elementary school students used to love. I also had some colored pencils on hand.
I showed Joah the books and he replied, "I have an idea, but

I don't know how to write it." I happily answered, "No problem!"
And, I explained that he could draw pictures and tell me the stories and I'd write the words for him.
From then on, whenever he wasn't swimming, he wanted to
work on his book about monsters. He drew elaborately detailed
pictures and then narrated as I wrote the text. He included facts
about each monster and described how his main characters
defeated them.

His thrill at being an author delighted me. One morning he
and I were walking the beach, hunting for treasures the ocean
deposited overnight. As we passed two people, he proudly
declared, "I'm an author." They were kind enough to engage him
and ask about his book. They told him they would love to buy a
copy when it was published. Joah was absolutely beaming. It was
the dearest thing ever.
We finished seven monsters before our vacation ended, and I
hoped Joah would want to continue. Two days later I Facetimed
with Joah and Kyle (my son, Joah's Dad), and Joah showed me
six more monsters he had created. He chatted excitedly about
how he had shared his work with family and his two best friends.
I felt grateful for the opportunity to plant the seed of creativity in
Joah. It's one thing grandparents can do. And, if we are lucky, we
get to watch those seeds bloom!

"

I felt grateful for
the opportunity to plant the
seed of creativity in Joah.

Joah completely
engaged in his work
13 GRAND

MARCH APRIL 2018

Joah narrating his art
for
Grandma Sara to writ
e down

Joah acting out his
each
characters on the b

Joah working on sket
ch
details in the sand

"

Sara Tisdel is a retired teacher. After almost 40
years teaching, she now enjoys her best gig yet...
Gramma to Joah, age six and Radha, age 20
months.


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