We wrote a kids book about the importance of shoes, and one way to talk to kids about how every “thing” has value beyond “just” what you perceive. The team at Soles4Souls liked it enough to want to work with us. So, starting on 11/19, 100% of the proceeds from every version of Just Shoes we sell goes directly to S4S projects.
It’s a good book. Buy it if you want to spark your kids to into a discussion about the environment, about giving back, about … big topics and ideas you knew they could handle but couldn’t always find the way to start a conversation with them about.
I connected with the owner of Pediatric Cancer Awareness 24/7 a short while ago; she read Today’s the Day and today, she posted this incredible review on Amazon…”I love this story.
As a childhood cancer survivor and advocate, I personally know the effects of bullying. I had cancer when I was a toddler, and in middle school, the bullying began. I went home and cried every single day. I couldn’t understand why I was so different (am physically disabled because I came down with viral encephalitis when immunosuppressed and the infection damaged my brainstem, leaving me with cerebral palsy like disabilities) and with the bullying I endured just made it worse.
I couldn’t understand why I was so different and asked my parents to explain it to me over and over. Coming to terms with something you don’t even remember changing you so much is a process, and I finally got to the point where I could see past my own pain to other people’s.
That’s when I decided I wanted to help, when I found out the truth. Childhood cancer isn’t as rare as I was told it was, when it is the #1 cause of death by disease in children. And this book? It’s such a positive story with an inspiring message: no matter how young you are, or how helpless you feel, there’s always a way you can make a situation better, even if it’s just by being a friend or yes, donating your hair.”
It’s moved me in a way I didn’t know was possible. The story, the reason, the inspiration for the book, I thought had taken me to a max level of emotional investment.
But reading this story, and reading this review made me realize that emotional investments have no limit and no cap.
We wanted your room to be magical, little one. We wanted it to conjure up excitement, and energy, and inspiration, and happiness. We wanted you to enter your room and feel happy. We wanted other people to enter your room and feel magic. We wanted a set of decorations that were worthy of you.
We tried our hardest.
But perhaps more than anything, I personally wanted a room that I loved. That I adored. That reflected everything I want for you.
I can’t tell you the pressure I was feeling to bring together a vision that would allow us to achieve that. And I think we did. I feel like we did, munchkin. We could not have done it without the kind heart and hard work of Robert Gardner, a fantastic artist who fell in love with you before you were born by falling in love with this vision early on. We were lucky to find him.
And when you stare at Max and all his Wild Things while we’re changing you, I realize we actually did.
So today my love for you is a pathway. One that takes you to and through some amazing characters, lands and experiences.
I love you munchkin. Your room is filled with some of the greatest stories we have ever read. Apropos, because you are our greatest story.