It took a little while for me to find my One Little Word for 2019. Actually, I don’t think I put the same amount of effort into it this year. In past years I would ponder it for several weeks. Sometimes it would pop up immediately and sometimes I would just wait for it to find me. Today I realized it was January Ist and I didn’t have my One Little Word yet. And then something else happened…
I didn’t follow my tradition of starting to put away the Christmas decorations on New Year’s Day. Instead, I sat in the glow of the tree lights and read Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I thought about how much of what I am learning about her is told through story. I drank my coffee, gazed at the tree, and thought about all the stories told through its ornaments – a new one for each year of our marriage that says something about the year. Our trip to the Grand Canyon, the bike ride down Pike’s Peak, the year we purchased a piano, our son’s engagement, and so much more.
It’s in the stories of our lives that we reach understanding. It’s through story that we teach as well as learn. It’s through story that we reach out to others.
I want to find the stories that are yet to be told, the ones only I can tell. I want to look at a picture and wonder about the story behind it. I want to touch the lives of young readers through the power of story.
So here it is, my OLW for 2019…Story.