Slice of Life Story Challenge March 6 -Going To The Special Place
Going to The Special Place
As I walked towards the entrance to the supermarket today, a woman was leaving accompanied by her young son. She was held down by numerous shopping bags and he was blithely skipping a few steps ahead of his bag toting mother. With renewed effort she caught up to the boy and leaning into his ear announced, ‘When we get home we can go to the special place and together let’s build another dinosaur just like we did last time.’
The small boy said nothing. He did however give his mother a knowing smile…
A brief exchange between a parent and a child. An appointment made for some genuine quality time between them. A compelling reason to hasten home.
As I entered the supermarket to begin the mundane task of hunting and gathering up and down the aisles for a list of items for dinner that evening, I was warmed by the memory of that brief eavesdropping moment. The words are etched in my mind.
Every time I overhear such interactions I recall the words of Ralph Fletcher reminding me yet again, - we write with our ears.