Is Mediocrity Taunting You From Your Shelves?

In the year 1978 my father insisted that everything that could be invented had already been invented. Least you think he was a poorly educated man let me say he had a PhD. in electrical engineering and even after his retirement, foreign countries hired him and transported he and Mom as often he would allow. My Mom had a nonstop wild imagination and disagreed about all things having been invented. Don, my brother, had both my father’s brilliance and Mom’s inventive streak but he died too young.
For the last thirty years I’ve asked teens what they would love to grow up to be if they had any skills and every mental gift. Always the shocking answer is something like, “OH I don’t know, just an accountant or manager; someone who makes lots of money.”
“No,” I’d say hoping to whet their dream appetites, “Let’s say you already had the education and skills to dance a new dance never seen before, invent a car fueled by water that levitated and turned to pink Jell-O if hit by another one. “Or,” I said, “let’s say you could create a force field of heat or cooling to surround a person, pet, or plant, eliminating the need for home heating. But “No, they all said just wanna be accountants.
Here’s a call out to all parents, don’t be satisfied with mediocre kid’s books! Stretch young minds. I was encouraged to read the classics to children and found at three and six, my son and daughter understood the characterization, plots of Shakespeare, even as I butchered the reading of it while they ate meals. I lack a good vocabulary so I often looked words up then I explained them to my kids. This experience has inspired my writing. Little kids should have the permanent influence of great and advanced books as well as Pixar movies that are sophisticated in terms of character, plot, subplot, etc.

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