On this day in the States, we celebrate Thanksgiving. In our home, we take note of everything that we are thankful for every night at dinner or before bedtime. On Thanksgiving Day, we pull out everything we have written down and read them during dinner. It is our way of remembering the good things we have in life and to show our appreciation for those things. Though we do something similar all year round, this is the time of year that we purposefully put it in writing. To stay with this tradition, I have decided to highlight a number of authors that I have been thankful for here, in no particular order. Enjoy!
Thank you Laura Ingalls Wilder for opening my eyes to the love of reading and beginning my first of many nights of reading late into the night! I loved reading about a character that was closer to my age, living in and off the wilderness and land. I will forever be grateful!
Thank you to Gertrude Chandler Warner for writing my all-time favorite childhood story, The Boxcar Children. My fondest memories are those of my friends and I mimicking those responsible and independent children. They were great role models to look up to . . . kind, respectful, thoughtful, resourceful, and so much more!
Thank you to Gregory Maguire for reminding me about my love of fairy tales and expanding my worldview through the universal stories. Even as an adult, nothing beats picking up a childhood favorite (though it has many more adult issues involved!).
Thank you to Sandra Boynton for bringing beautiful stories into my children's lives. Your stories have saved me many times in traffic, doctor's offices, grocery stores, etc. thanks to a bit of memorization and the very catchy verses that will probably never leave my mind.
Thank you to Stephen King for bringing my nightmares to life on paper and on the big screen! (I really have no way of wording this better and he always keeps me coming back for more!)
And, last but not least, thank you to J.K. Rowling for bringing the wizarding world to life and allowing me to realize that there was so many worlds out there to explore if I just opened my mind a bit more. In the best and worst of times, nothing beats jumping into the mind of Harry Potter and instantly embracing the comfort of the words, the world, and the unforgettable characters.
I really could go on and on, but I will leave it at that for now. Which authors would you thank and why? Please share!