Written by Patrick S. Stemp Illustrated by Anita Soelver
I’ve had the image of a child making castles in the sand rattling around in the back of my mind for a while. Something about persistence and practice. How even a young child can make amazing things if she practices and repeats the activity even when her friends have given up and moved on to something else. But when I sat down to write, the story turned into one of impermanence. Nothing lasts forever. At least she’s still trying. The lessons she learns on that beach may help her tackle the problem on the hill later in life.
This was a great story to illustrate. Patrick prompted me with a suggestion for the illustration, and it really hit home for me. I like how the story talks about starting over, and not giving up. It’s a more thoughtful text than our usual light hearted ones, but I think it’s an important topic. Never give up, no matter where you are in life. Be it a 4-year old building a sand castle or a 40-year old stuck in the wrong job. You can always change the direction of your life, you just have to want it bad enough and start changing things yourself. You don’t have to wait for others to give you permission to do anything! If you have a dream, then go after it. Don’t wait for tomorrow, next week or next year. Time will pass, no matter what you do. So make the most of it.