As I tried to think of a memorable gift for my granddaughter Riley’s thirteenth birthday, I remembered the days that I would pick her up from school to take her to piano lessons with Ms. Janet and then to AWANA. Riley liked for me to make up stories for her as we made the hour long drive from Honaker to Abingdon and then back each week. Sometimes we would share in the story telling, each one adding a few words, and then the next one to pick up there. I decided to write a story just for her that would speak to her now and in the years to come—life lessons about kindness and acceptance and friendship.
The older I get, the more I realize that each of us is the summation of his or her life experiences, both good and bad. I believe all of us have a responsibility and endless opportunities to make a positive impact on those around us. Sometimes much may be required from us; but most of the time, it is as simple as sharing a kind word or a smile.
"Oatmeal & Lavender" is the result of my task of giving Riley a piece of my heart for her birthday. It is my attempt to challenge her and others to be keenly aware of the impact our words and actions have on each other. I hope that she will strive to be a person who loves and respects everyone and who has a kind word of encouragement ready for others.
"Oatmeal & Lavender" is available on Amazon. //www.amazon.com/Oatmeal-Lavender-Ann-Ledgerwood/dp/1544031297/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491664843&sr=8-1&keywords=oatmeal+%26+lavender+book
It is also available at local outlets including the Town Square Center for the Arts in Glade Spring, VA.