When I started a book and blog about secular parenting four years ago, my daughter was 5 years old and, more or less, unaware of my writing life. What she did know, she once summed up, rather spot-on, to a little kindergarten friend of hers.
“When I say stuff,” she told her friend, “my mom writes it down.”
Now, Maxine is 9 and all too aware of my book, which — having taken an unreasonable amount of time to finish, by anyone’s timeline, including her own — will be published in early 2015. She is pretty excited by this — largely, I had thought, because her name will be in the book and because she has a strong suspicion that the dedication may have something to do with her.
But it wasn’t until recently, while driving her home from third grade, that I understood there was more to her anticipation than that. In a series of “steps,” which she proceeded to lay out for me during the drive, Maxine described, in adorably irrational detail, a guide to our combined success as people.
Here’s what she said:
Step One: Write a book in, like, four years.
Step Two: Publish the book.
Step Three: Spread the book around the world.
Step Four: Make the book into a movie.
Step Five: Walk the red carpet.
Step Six: Get famous.
Step Seven: Die. [Read more...]