Last week I shared great writing from a medium-sized child. Now we're going down in the age scale (but not the writng scale). Anastasia, nine years old, wrote the pieces below as part of my birthday celebration. And I'm not just sharing this as a last-ditch reminder that my birthday was last week. You know. Just in case y'all forgot.
Every morning when I wake up,
I see the birds and hear the pup.
And then when I rise from my cot,
I think of you, of you a lot.
I think of you because you're you,
because you do the things you do.
You've led me each step of the way,
for me to start a brand new day.
A brand new day with 24 hours,
Then nighttime with moon and stars.
Then, when I am done with night
I see the sun, shining bright.
But it would seem that you're the sun,
giving light to everyone.
I think of you again and again,
but what to say next? I click the pen.
When I grow up I want to be
A writer, a thinker
But there's something else I want to be
Than all of these.
I want to be like you, you see!
Because you're wonderful, because you're great
Cause even though
the money's low
I think you're in a really great state!
Her take on her ability to write? "It feels unfair that I can write so well. It's like someone's telling me what to say. Like there's a little person inside my mind telling me the answers. It's like cheating."