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The Silly Dragon

By on May 25, 2020 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Judy Weaver and her 9-year-old granddaughter Camille stay connected on Zoom. 

Grandmother and granddaughter connect by writing a virtual book

By Judy Weaver

These last few months have been difficult and challenging for all of us — no matter our age, our gender or status. We have all been affected by this pandemic. 

We have all dealt with these challenging times in different ways: taking walks (while social distancing), reading more, baking more, “zooming” and FaceTiming with friends and family, etc. 

It certainly hasn’t been easy, but hopefully our efforts will result in a positive outcome and that we all have learned something about ourselves in the process.

In keeping with trying to stay connected with family, some weeks ago I had a conversation via FaceTime with some of our family in the Seattle area. Our 9-year-old granddaughter, Camille, was part of the conversation. 

I suggested to Camille that she might like to write us a letter. I indicated that if she wrote me a letter, I would respond. 

I was delighted when there was a letter in our mailbox just a few days later. What I expected was a standard elementary school student letter that said: “Hi Nana. How are you? I am fine. I am reading books. I miss my friends. Love, Camille” 

That is not what I received. Camille wrote a story titled: The Silly Dragon. It was just a delightful story about a dragon named Bob and his pet monkey named Monkey. Bob and Monkey live in a cave with no gravity. They eat spaghetti and float around in their cave. 

Needless to say, it was the highlight of my day, receiving this story from our creative granddaughter. I showed it to friends and family (at a distance, of course). 

Within a day or two I wrote Camille back, but instead of writing a standard Nana letter, I wrote a second chapter to The Silly Dragon. In my chapter, Bob and Monkey tie ropes around their tails and attach the ropes to a tree outside their cave so they can float outside. 

The letters (with more chapters of The Silly Dragon) have continued. 

At the writing of this piece, Camille and I have completed six chapters. Maybe we will have our story published one day. 

No matter what, this exchange of “letters” with my granddaughter has been a gift to me during this anxious time. 

I hope it has been fun for Camille as well. It has allowed us to stay connected in a unique and creative way. I highly recommend it to others. 

My hope is that each one of us has the opportunity to experience some “highlights” during this difficult time. 

May we keep the good news and highlights coming in the weeks and months ahead.

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