No Such Thing as The Road Not Taken by Irene Latham
When I present to groups, I often share the "When I Grow Up, I Want to Be..." page in my Dr. Seuss' My Book About Me:
On that page, 3rd grade me wrote "WRITER"... and also circled "mother," "musician," "farmer," and "veterinarian." I wanted to be a lot of things! And so it may look like I have a lot of "roads not taken."
|book with a zoo vet!|
Here's the great part, though, about the choice I DID make. As a writer, I can "be" all of those things I didn't pick in real life!
I can write a farm book, and have, several times!
I can create a character who's a veterinarian (and have!) so that I can walk around in that skin for a while.
Being a writer is a way to take ALL the roads.
And now, I must get back to traveling... thank you so much for reading!
Irene Latham is a grateful creator of many novels, poetry collections, and picture books, including the coauthored Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship, which earned a Charlotte Huck Honor, and The Cat Man of Aleppo, which won a Caldecott Honor. Irene lives on a lake in rural Alabama.