Reading a Book Can Be A Big Deal

arts-graphics-2008_1128618aEasily, it may not seem like a big deal to read a story to a ten year old boy. However to read a book to a boy who’s a decade old that can’t breathe, eat, swallow, talk, or move on his own influenced me to be thankful for my heathy body. Because of this I think, “I am really blessed!” Amid all the activities I could be doing, I was grateful for the chance to help him, because he’s the one really teaching me.

A few years ago when my family lived in California, a family in our neighborhood had a ten year old boy with Cerebral Palsy. Once when he and his family traveled to Utah he ended up in the hospital because of the altitude difference and complications with traveling. After three years his family needed to go back to Utah, but worried that the travel would be hard on his health. Because his family needed to go, this time they left him at the George Mark Center in San Leandro, CA, a place with specialized care. Morosely he spent most of his time sitting in his wheel chair inside his room or the nurses would roll him to a room with lava lamps. But he was still lonely.

We came over and visited him three days after his family left for Utah. Happily we read him stories, took him outside to feel the sunshine on his face, and drew pictures for his walls. In a few short hours we left him at meal time with a big smile on his face. Some say that it is “more blessed to give than to receive.” In this instance I realized how blessed I am to have a healthy body, because the freedom and ability to move are gifts, and the capacity to communicate with others. I think that is true. Here this experience taught me that taking time to care for anyone is valuable, which includes ten year old boys.

Posted by: ADAM JONES

Never Give Up Hope

0440402832The Door In The Walis a story by Marguerite De Angeli published by Double Day Dell Books. This is a story of Robin’s fate. He gets sick after his parents leave home to take care of errands. The story is set during and after the Black Death in the time of the Middle Ages. When people encounter obstacles there is always a door.

John-Go-In-The-Wynd is a tall middleaged minstrel who earns his keep by playing music, Brother Luke is a monk who is open to help the public, and Robin (the main character) goes from a weak person both in education and strength to a boy who can read and can swim extremely well. Robin becomes ill and that leaves his legs crippled. He travels to hospice and is treated well by the monks who live there. The climax appears when the castle goes under siege. The resolution kicks in when his father rescues the castle and the people realize that a young courageous boy was the one who really saved the castle. Obstacles can make us stronger. 

This story teaches us a message of courage and hope. The writer’s style makes the plot and details clear. Because he became sick and learned to swim, when Robin swam across the moat the enemy let him by because they could not imagine a cripple would be a threatThe author, Marguerite De Angeli, tells the readers that there is always a door in the wall when there is difficulty.

Posted by: ADAM JONES

A Lesson to Remember

1600-1605“Genghis Khan and His Hawk” is a moral story retold by Lori Verstegen about Genghis Khan, the foremost ruler of his time, who learns to not act hastily. The story is set in Mongolia in the 1200s and tells about Genghis Khan and his Hawk. They are hunting game. In the story, the reader is launched on a roller coaster of curiosity that lands with a forceful lesson.

For this story, Genghis Khan and his hawk are the dominant characters. Khan almost never looks before leaping, and his hawk always keeps an eye out for his master. Conflict arises when Khan starts to feel fatigued and parched but is stymied by his hawk, who refuses to let him take a drink. Stunned and bewildered, he indignantly kills his hawk. But not before his cup flies out of reach. Unexpectedly, the crisis materializes when he climbs up to his cup and discovers a dead viper oozing venom into the water his hawk kept him from drinking. Contrite, Khan becomes melancholy. The theme for this story is disclosed by Khan, who says “I have killed my best friend. What a rash fool I was not to have trusted him…”

“Genghis Khan and his Hawk” is a story that certainly makes a reader think. At first it seems like it’s going to be a boring every day story about two friends. But fate has other plans. The story throws the reader for a loop when Khan’s tenacious hawk dives at him over and over to keep him from the water he needs. Then the story comes to an abrupt halt when Khan kills his friend, who is only trying to save his life. Clearly, this memorable story is the opposite of boring. Readers are taught how important it is to not be smug, but trust their friends, because their friends could be right. This is a lesson to remember.

Posted by : ADAM JONES