the gift of story

On Sunday an acquaintance gave us a manila envelope with a spiral bound book inside:

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I was a little surprised because we don’t know Mrs. Jass that well, but I was touched that she wanted to share her photo essay with us. The story is told from the perspective of the family’s dog, which makes it engaging for my boys. It includes just enough details about the writer to keep my interest as well.

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As we read this book, my boys learned a little about life in the depression, a little bit about keeping a pet, and a little bit about the 88-year-old author, her faith and her family. We also learned a new saying, “If you hoot with the owls at night, you can’t soar with the eagles in the day.”

We were reminded that a well-told story is a gift, so we shouldn’t keep our stories to ourselves.

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