Advice for Kids during the Pandemic

Today, I’d like to talk to the kids. So if you have a youngster in your household who reads and writes, then this is for them.

I’m a writer, who has written hundreds of short stories and more than a couple of dozen books that anyone can buy on Amazon. So, I have some idea of what I’m talking about.

Right now, we’re in interesting times. The point I want to make is that, in addition to all the disease precautions and possible danger, this time is an adventure. This is a time that your parents haven’t seen before. Hopefully, you’ll never see a time like this again.

So, it is very important that the memories you make right now aren’t lost. The best way is to write them down.

I’ve read a story recently about a reporter who had the diaries of his grandmother, who had lived through the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Those saved memories became national news.

If you have a diary, write your experiences, and maybe someday they will be nationally important as well.

And it doesn’t take a hundred years for things you write to be important.

A dozen years ago, I had an adventure. I was down in Galveston as Hurricane Ike hit the island and caused enormous damage. I wrote my experiences down, and took pictures. When I read the story I wrote a couple of days ago, it brought back vivid memories. And being a writer, I’ve used many of those memories in my books. Take a look at what I mean. Follow the links to the story and the picture gallery.

If you write in a diary, that’s great. Do you have a blog, that’s great too, and I’d like to know your link so I can read it too. And sometimes just writing down your thoughts on school notebook paper is what you really need to do.

In any case, here’s what I’m saying. You are having an adventure. It’s not the same as what everyone else is doing. You are unique. So write it down, and save it!

If you’re a private person, keep that diary or whatever in a safe place, because you’ll want it again when you’re older. If you blog or post, then share the link, and maybe some old gray haired writer might just love to know your experiences.

Let me know.