My BIL and his 3 sons have had a rough time of it over the last few years. His wife walked out on him and has made for a sticky divorce. This week is his birthday and that of his middle boy so all the family that could make it took them to dinner last night to a Greek restaurant.
The oldest boy is in grade 11 and I asked why he looked so tired. He said he pulled an all-nighter Thursday to get a school project done. I asked him what it was, figuring it was science related. To my surprise, he said he had to write two poems and decided to do an epic poem instead of a simple one. This was music to my ears as I was an English major and wrote a one-act play in Grade 5! When I asked if he could email it to me, he lit up like a Christmas tree. We feel they aren't getting a lot of encouragement from their parents at the moment. So he thought for a second and asked if he could send more of his work too. I told him to send anything he wants.
I love encouraging young people and always have a smile for someone who loves the written word as much as I do!