It took becoming a teacher and discovering how much I loved getting kids interested in reading to understand that my path was leading me to write.

“She might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don’t let that put you off. It could be part of cleverness.
I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But–here comes the big “but”–not impossible.” ―    Roald Dahl,    The Witches

The look on my student’s faces when I read the above passage was priceless. For every afternoon that I had read the book I periodically would scratch my head–the sign of a witch. Then when I got to the above passage the kids would all start yelling “She’s been scratching her head! She really is a witch!” Even though they were at the age to know The Witches was fiction there was a part of them that desperately wanted to believe in a world with magic.

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
―    Roald Dahl

Believing in the magic of possibility is the first step towards making your dreams come true. A seed was planted for me as I read books to my students and watched their faces light up. When they showed me what they were reading and talked about the characters they had met I beamed inside. I began to think what if…


Next month I will visit two schools as an author instead of a classroom teacher… another dream come true. I will also attend the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. I hope to inspire kids to read just as I did when I taught in a classroom. This time I will read from my book and the lesson will include believing in the magic of following your dreams because they really do come true.






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