When my family were asked to appear on the cover of a recent local publication, my kids were stumped.
“Why would anyone want to feature us on a cover?” they each asked.
“Probably because we are a writer and illustrator couple,” I offered.
But they were not convinced. And with our many foibles and averageness, I can certainly understand their confusion. Children’s book writers and illustrators aren’t typically those who receive the spotlight so we happily endured our share of teasing and accepted the compliments of our neighbors when the issue was released. But what touched me most was being reminded of the beauty and warmth of community. How the noble purpose of this publication is to bring neighbors in closer contact with each other through images and stories. In an age of social media and negative political discourse, face to face dialogue with the people who live in your community, seems to be going by the wayside