…a writer

Author: Barbara Kerley
Illustrator: Edwin Fotheringham

When I grow up, I want to be a writer.

When I came across this book I could hardly wait to begin reading. After all, I’ve been quoting “my friend Mr. Emerson” for years. “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

As I read of this tender and joyful man, who before becoming a great writer, simply longed for the broad open fields and deep, still woods of the country, I could more understand his saying, “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.”  He and his wife bought a farmhouse on the edge of a sunny meadow, in which his library was filled with books and journals.  He treasured books, ideas, and people.  It was that overwhelming thought that made me fall in love with this book. Mr. Emerson opened his home not only to friends and neighbors, but filled his parlor with noblemen, poor students, famous writers and poets. He threw garden parties for the town’s schoolchildren.  “Happy is the house that shelters a friend.”  As his home filled with people, his journals filled with thoughts, each one a “Savings Bank” for his ideas to share with others.

The similarities of how graciously the Emerson’s loved opening their lovely home, sharing ideas, caring so deeply for others reminded me of my dearest and best friend, Deni. Her love for books, ideas, and people is one exceeded by no other.  Her home, like the Emerson’s, is known as one open to all, and usually where the “town’s garden party for schoolchildren” will be held!  And also, like Emerson, she is a journal writer, always writing ideas and thoughts down to share with others.

Ralph Waldo Emerson gave us the saying, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  Emerson’s passion for writing will soon have you grabbing a pen and journal.  You may even be inspired to plan a garden party!

May we all go through life and “Scatter joy!”

Mary Byrne Kline

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