It’ s always been a passion of mine to write and Ten Dollar Words For Kids is intended to challenge the mind with locution, aimed at ages from 5 to 12, but teens and adults can take a few things away as well. I’ve always enjoyed drawing (“Doodle” as I’m still known to some) or merely cataloging an event just because I thought it may one day take on some level of importance. I have always maintained an outside of the box mentality that makes one conjure possibility, challenges feasibility and integrates the elements of humor both direct and through innuendo. I want Ten Dollar Words For Kids to make you laugh, hard and loud, it’s good for the soul, it’s contagious.
My mother wrote wonderfully, with mental aesthetics, succinctness and emotion. Whenever a special occasion arose in one of her children’s lives, she wrote. Birthdays, a broken arm, born with no dimples (that was me), or whenever she felt compelled to make one or all of us feel better about ourselves. She would take out the green steno pad and write a little poem or note the occurrence. We would read it and then she tucked it away for us to find later in life. She was charming and beautiful that way. She also painted, but woefully took little credit for the great talent she possessed. To her, a work in progress, to those around her, an amazing display of intrinsic talent exhibited through brushstrokes of water color coalescing into nothing short of absolutely stellar results.
My father is an engineering genius so resolute that when precision instruments didn’t meet his standards, he built his own and did so out of scrap material. It makes us all laugh because we know he can do it in a heartbeat. He looks at virtually everything in the perspective that he could make it better and often does. A Sailor and Navy Chief, a Purple Heart recipient, a master at hiding in a closet and leaping out when you least expect it making your heart pound and your eyes bulge. All this from a kid that delivered ice by horse drawn wagon and ate dinner at the local orphanage in lieu of being paid.
I am the product of the two aforementioned superfantastorific (just made that up) individuals as well as every single bipedal hominid whom I have met along the way. If you are going to do something – do it right the first time, the Devil is in the details, kneel down when you talk to kids and it’s okay to fail. It started with a simple cartoon character when I was sixteen and evolved into something that I feel much more compelling and rewarding in the education of our children. Ten Dollar Words For Kids is for kids to learn big and prosper! KJK