My house is mourning a favorite children’s author – Anna Dewdney. Her Llama Llama books are some of our favorites in our library and when we got word of her passing, we were all very sad. Her obituary ended with, “She requested that in lieu of a funeral service that people read to a child instead.” How appropriate and absolutely beautiful.
Morgan, my 7-year-old daughter, thought so too. That night, she decided that Ms. Dewdney’s books were on the docket for bedtime ‘tine (shortened from routine because at one time, one of our girls struggled with the word in its entirety and shortened it). During the story time section of our routine we were reading Llama Llama Made At Mama. I had a quick thought to record Morgan reading. I had my phone on me (sadly, this is typical as my phone is my crutch and addiction), I opened my Soundtrap app, entered the Studio and pushed the record button. 4 minutes later, voilà! I added a couple of beats at the beginning/end and had Morgan listen to it. Her face lit up and chest puffed out when she heard the recording. She was proud, happy and excited. All the things we want for our children, students, learners.
I’ve since passed the recording on via Twitter, text to Grandma and Grandpa, email to her teacher and now this blog post. Here’s my takeaway:
Personal Connection + Ownership + Authentic Audience = Awesomeness
Give it a listen (there may or may not be little sister Cameron asking, “to see da pitchores” around minute 1:25). Thank you, Anna, for inspiring me and my family today and future days. Rest in peace.