Hello Blog followers: I am turning back the clock to my childhood to share events in my life from age seven to about twelve or so, when we lived on my grandparent’s farm. I’ll be sharing the episodes that comprise my unpublished book, Once I Was A Kid, With the Wild Things On Grandpa’s Farm.
Here is what my editor wrote about the book for the back cover:
In “Once I Was a Kid,” Robert Z. Hicks shares stories from his childhood adventures growing up on a farm in Michigan during the ’40’s. Whether or not you lived in that era, and whether or not you lived on a farm, you will love the warm and humorous stories from Bob’s memories. Bob’s encounters with cows, bees, birds, raccoons, skunks, and many more of God’s creatures will entertain both children and adults. His sometimes hilarious encounters with God’s creatures will stir your imagination.
In between the stories, Bob treats us with his gift for rhyme with humorous, poignant, and delightful rhyming stories written as he relished the memories from his childhood. Step back in time and imagine when life was sweet and innocent, and sometimes spiced with a bit of mischief here and there.
Imagine too, the lessons Bob learned from Mom and his experiences, that imagination and empathy are key skills for good relationships and communication, and that God’s creatures are born to be free.
I raised my foot to stomp on the ants on the big rock by the house, when Mom grabbed my arm and said, “Wait! How would you feel if you looked up to see that giant shoe coming down on you?” I squinted my eyes shut as I looked up into the bright summer sky, and imagined the bottom of my tennis shoe gradually filling the sky above me. Scary!
Mom and I got down on our hands and knees and watched the ants going back and forth. She asked, “What do you suppose those ants are doing? Look at that one, he’s carrying something. Maybe it’s food for the queen. Imagine how important you would feel if you were carrying food for the queen!”
Yes! Imagine! Imagine, indeed! My lifelong journey with imagination, and empathy for God’s living things had begun.