16 May 2014

Kadin's Very Belated Birthday Blog...

Apparently we still have blog readers... the outcry for a Birthday Blog for Kadin has been burning my conscience for the last 40 days... so here we go!

Kadin... today you brought home your first book... don't be surprised if I still have a copy of this book when you have your own kids... the book brought me to tears...

Here's a quick read of Chapter One of The Lost Treasure on the Island by Kadin Atherstone...

Not so long ago a little boy named Kadin lived on a boat in Los Angeles. He was eight years old. He wore a jacket and a belt. He had a white face and was big and short. He had magic powers. He was very dumb in school. He was teased and had to follow wrong orders. One day on the boat his parents gave him a magical and powerful map. The map told him about the island and he rowed himself to Treasure Island. 

I'm not going to transcribe the whole book but Kadin goes on to conquer weapons of every kind, befriend pirates and outsmart gators and spiders on his way to the treasure.

Kadin it's true! You do have magical powers. You have the power of laughter, imagination, memory, conquering kingdoms and befriending animals of every kind. You have the power of persistence, creativity and likability. You have powers to shine on any stage and capture peoples hearts and attention.

It is not true that you are dumb... learning is just much more difficult for you than others. And even though other kids may read faster now or make their letters correct every time that doesn't mean they are better than you. It just means your powers are different.

Kids can be mean. I can't protect you from that every time... although on many days I'd love to! They just don't understand that you don't see social situations the way they do. But always remember that it never pays to return their evil with evil.  Just use your magic powers of laughter, love and friendship in return for whatever harm they bring.

This year mom and dad received a treasure map for your life. When we saw the spiders, alligators, pirates and weapons that you would have to face on your journey ahead we were very sad. Not sad about who you are... just sad that your treasure map seemed to have more obstacles along the way that any boy should have to face. In our sadness I forgot about the one magic power that I have always prayed you would have and have seen in you since the day you were born... bravery!

Everyone will face alligators, spiders, pirates and weapons of some kind in their life. Some sit down and give up. Others strap on bravery and go after the treasure with all their might. Just reading this book of yours has me convinced that you are the brave boy who will go after the treasure no matter what stands in his way.

I am so proud of my big 9 year old (and 40 days) and the young man that you are becoming... their are many obstacles still in our way but together I know we will reach the treasure!

Love you forever,

1 comment:

Abby Bartels said...

Yes, your readers are out here! And we also love your family and Kadin on this particular day of remembering his birthday (or the ballpark of his birthday!) And yes, I think forcing ourselves to write down these thoughts, reflections and memories are part of the treasure map for ourselves and the kids!