I was going through some old boxes of my Mum’s belongings that were stuffed in the back of my closet. Inside one of them I found one of the first books I ever wrote and illustrated — “The Book of the War”.
Not sure, maybe I was in first or second grade. I was always writing some type of stories back then — Well, I guess even now as well.
Anyway, it was a nice surprise to find this little treasure from my childhood. Moreover, it was very touching to know that it meant enough to my Mum that she held onto it throughout her life. In amongst the other things in the box, I also found another piece of paper, in my Mum’s handwriting, which was a translation (from Kid-Speak) of my book.
Knowing that my Mum took the time to sit down with a rambunctious, know-it-all, little kid (me) and write out my story in an intelligible manner melted my heart and brought tears to my eyes. But then again, the fact that she did that — wasn’t really a surprise. Mum was very supportive and always encouraged me in my dreams and endeavors — especially when it came to the arts.
So I can thank her that I am now a completely broke and unemployed writer / artist / photographer. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Maybe a little money, but not the world.
I hope you enjoy this little memory from my childhood.
Lon Casler Bixby is a professional photographer and published author in various genres: Fiction, Poetry, Humor, Photography, & Comic Books.
You can see his writing here — www.amazon.com/author/loncaslerbixby/.