I know everyone is super-busy at this time of year, but this might be something you may want to consider for the second half if you can find the time. I wrote this for something else, but this is something like Komets Kare Package (coming up Sunday!) that is very important to me.
Anyway, if you have a second to read this it would be much appreciated if you'd consider the option. There are currently more than 1,000 kids in Fort Wayne waiting for Big Brothers or Big Sisters. Literally, all it takes is a little time, and the rewards are remarkable.:
Anyway, I made a deal with my first Lunch Buddy that I would put him in my next book if he achieved a certain academic challenge we had going. With some hard work, he met his goal so one of the main characters was named after him. Unfortunately, as I was writing past the halfway point of the novel over the following summer, he moved to California, meaning I needed a new lunch buddy. Since I had put the first one into the book, I figured it was only fair that I put the second one in somewhere. He had to read a number of books to be included.
``Me? You're the one causing all the trouble!'' he'd say. I really have no idea what he was talking about.
The first lunch buddy got to read parts of the book before the end of the school year and laughed at most of the funny spots. Well, at least I hope they are the funny spots. Hey, to a 10-year-old, they were hilarious!
Since he was gone the next year, I needed a new lunch partner, and that's where my second lunch buddy' comes in. He's an 9-year-old third grader, and I may be a little biased, but I'm quite convinced he might be just about the most wonderful little boy around. Besides reading, he and I play checkers, chess and UNO. Just like the first lunch buddy, I'm convinced he cheats at UNO. Somehow, he has the ability to continually select Draw 4 wild cards that he hits me with all the time. And then he giggles.
I tell you what, kids today can never stop giggling. This lack of self-control is awful, especially when it's directed at me. I just seem to have that effect around schools for some reason.
One of my most fun days as a Lunch Buddy came last spring when I got to read the first chapter of my new book to the second lunch buddy's class during young author's month. It's a football story and we changed all the names in the book to the names of kids in the class, and my lunch buddy was the quarterback. Everybody in the class thought that was so cool!
The teacher thought it was so cool that we could get everyone to sit there and pay attention for 45 minutes, but we had a lot of fun.
Last summer, besides working on my UNO skills, particularly my dealing, I also finished writing the book ``Homecoming Game'' and when school resumed recently presented a copy to my lunch buddy. He loved it and thought it was the coolest thing ever when he read his name in the book. Now we're reading the book during our reading time each week, which is quickly followed by more card games.