“Hun-dreds … of stars … in the …” Scout stops reading, perplexed. “nig .. hit?” She frowns.

“Night,” I pronounce.

“But the ‘g’ and the ‘h’ …” She’s confused.

“They’re silent.”

“Ahh!” Understanding dawns.

“Hundreds of stars in the silent night sky,” she exclaims, adding the explaining word.

“Let’s go see, Mom!” She and Hero run outside and I follow, smiling.

“That book was right,” she whispers to Hero in awe.

“One, two, three … hundred, five hundred, zillion …” She’s pointing, counting, and hugging Hero, both of them mesmerized.

I’ve never seen the sky so overflowing with light.

What a difference one little girl makes.

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    3 months ago

    Awww. This one almost made me cry. It really is special to have a little one around, one who counts a zillion stars and gets excited about the world around her. When we get older we often start taking wondrous things for granted. We should all write ourselves a little child to keep us on our toes! Good work, Julie!

    Linda Rock
    Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
    3 months ago

    You’ve captured one of the most wonderful gifts a child gives us, Julie. Awakening in us what we have long forgotten. I’ve loved all the Scout stories, uplifting and a joy to read. They so deserve to be shared so I hope you are thinking of creating one of those magical picture books I mentioned earlier. Children would love it!

    Margarida Brei
    Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
    3 months ago

    This line is so poetic,
    “Hundreds of stars in the silent night sky.”
    Scout is reawakening the author to the thrill of nature.

    Deborah Goulding
    Deborah Goulding(@deborah-goulding)
    3 months ago

    Julie, I think Scout needs to be a children’s book! I would like to see the writer change up the story by rewriting a scene in midst of the story. This would bring the reader to a sort of confusion? Then you could surprise the reader with perhaps a better outcome? Great job, it felt real!

    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    3 months ago

    Lovely to hear all Scout’s development. Memories of teaching my children and seeing them learn reading flash back to me. What a happy memory, indeed.

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