“Grandpa Knows Everything”
by Anita Skocz
In the beginning of my book “Kite Tale” David ponders his choices for a partner to help build his kite. Within moments he makes his pick. David selects his grandfather, and comments to himself, “Grandpa knows everything!”
From the beginning I wanted to establish that the young grandson had a deep respect for his grandfather’s knowledge and wisdom. My hope is to open children’s eyes to the wealth of wisdom the elders in their lives have to share, and enjoy sharing. I find it disheartening, when children seek their grandparents for what they can offer them materially. Children are looking for and expect to receive a gift of money, a popular toy, or the latest technological device.
Our children cheat themselves when they are not searching for the treasured gifts, the ones that will serve them all through their lives, “the gifts of love and time.” The character, David, has experienced the value of these precious gifts through outdoors adventures, and conversations that have filled him with wonder and a sense of awe. David’s choice was easy, because of the quality time he has had with his grandfather.
If children weren’t distracted by all “the stuff”, they could see clearly. They would know they are starving for loving contacts, adventures, and conversations with those who have the keys to a life well lived.
David tapped into his grandfather’s treasures. Their relationship is built on loving exchanges. But, as the story unfolds, he loses faith in his choice. Where does the journey take them? What does David learn along the way?