I need to apologize for this shorter-than-usual post. You’ve come to expect a story from my life that ties into each book I review on Perfect Picture Book Friday. This Friday post comes without a review and without a story. Something has happened, and I have debated whether or not to stay quiet or to share. After writing and deleting this post countless times, part of me needs to open up to you.
We’ve all read books or heard reports on the news about children being bullied and have felt helpless and sickened. Bullies take others down to feel stronger from the pain they enjoy inflicting. It’s challenging to fathom what it must be like to be on the receiving end of their cruel accusations or the target of their slander. We desperately hope and pray our children never experience this feeling. Recently, my emotions have been pulled to their limits because I have become the target of someone I once considered a friend.
My husband and daughter are the glue that holds me together. And staying focused on writing and editing my picture book manuscripts provides the ideal escape and medicine for my heart. I need to take time to heal, and when I’m ready, I’ll begin sharing my stories with you again as well as the beautiful picture books they tie into.
I wish each and every one of you a journey with as few bumps as possible, friends and family who love and support you, someone to hug, and peace.