I am currently in the middle of one of the most fun activities! For six weeks each year I get to have tons of fun getting to know new families while reading and talking about great books. Thursday night during our dinner I was talking to one of our families and I got to listen to the sweetest story about influence. And to make it even sweeter, I am absolutely certain that the person they were talking about has no clue about her influence on this child; she was just being herself, making time in a crazy schedule to help some teachers out with their science curriculum.
The conversation began with my asking the girls which book they liked the best and why. While the younger child pondered the question, the oldest immediately blurted out that The Rabbit and The Moon was her favorite and then she just kept going . . . . . . she explained that this was her favorite book because she was going to be an astronaut one day and this story was about a rabbit who wanted to go to the moon and he went. He had to keep looking for a way to get there but he didn’t give up and he finally made and even stayed there.
When I asked her why she wanted to be an astronaut this is what she told me (and I am trying to stay as true as possible to her exact words): “This lady astronaut came to our school and told us all about space. She was dressed in a blue astronaut suit and she brought this big bubble thing that we had to crawl into. It was really dark and we had to crawl on our knees to get in but it is dark in space too and this nice lady had a flashlight to help us see. When we got inside she showed us all kinds of stars and things that you can see in space and she had even made it herself so we could really see what space looked like. It was cool! I want to go up in space and explore the moon and stars and learn about all kinds of space stuff. She was really nice and I want to be just like her.”
At that point her mom joined in the conversation and asked more questions about the big bubble thing (skylab) and said she would really like to see it herself. From there we talked about finding books to learn more about space, apps for mom’s phone so they could study the stars [and there are great free apps out there for that], working hard in school and going to college. Somewhere in the middle of that conversation her little sister also joined in on what she wanted to be when she grew up.
And it kept getting better for me -I then got to watch the faces of this family and hear their shared thoughts (Mom and girls) during our formal reading/conversation time. The theme for the night was REACHING OUR DREAMS and they just could not contain their excitement; that “astronaut lady” had previously ignited this conversation for this family so our talk during dinner and the group conversation were just icing on the cake. I left that evening knowing that for this family, the topic of dreams was definitely not finished; it was just beginning. They brought new meaning to Henry David Thoreau’s statement, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”
No wonder I LOVE getting to be part of PrimeTime Family Reading !!!
Oh, and that “astronaut lady” – Thank you AMY for letting your light shine (Matthew 5:14)!!!!!
Thank you Heavenly Father for allowing us to be a part of the incredible work you are doing in this world. Thank you for the sweet children, adults, and families we get to interact with each week and for the opportunities to be your hands and feet and heart. Allowing us to influence destinies is a privilege and immeasurable gift for which we are so very thankful. Finally Father, I ask that you keep us true to the example of your Son, Jesus Christ so that we may be pleasing to you and life changing to the people we influence. In Jesus’ name, Amen.