Saturday, September 29, 2012

...and for my next trick!

I didn't wake up in the middle of the night last night. I slept the solid, happy, sleep of a person who achieved her small goal. I woke up to more rain (we are in for a spell of it) and was excited to take on the day. I went out with Gibson to feed the critters and returned to coffee and oatmeal. My body was soaked by my mood was airy as a maple leaf on the wind.

There's a chicken in a small cage in the back of my truck. She's one of the Golden Laced Wyandottes I raised from a chick this spring. She's in the truck because in about half an hour we are off to share in a little adventure. This morning is my first ever Library talk for children! I'm heading a half hour south to the Schaghticoke (Skat-eh-coke) Library and really excited about it. I adore kids, specially the ones old enough to talk and too young to stop imagining. I am going to tell kids about farming, chickens, food, and my book Chick Days. It'll be a hoot!

Strike that! It'll be a Bok bok!

19 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Huddleston said...

While I am far from being a kid, I'm not to old to stop imagining. I'm imagining I'm visiting your rainy-day farm...I live too far away to do it in person! Have a great library visit!

September 29, 2012 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Have fun! Wish we lived closer, I'd love to bring my girls to hear you!

September 29, 2012 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger J.D. Collins said...

Have a great time and your little chicken, too!

Nice to see CAF planting seeds in the future!

September 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

I am very pleased that you will be talking to kids. I know my grandkids would love you, your farm, your critters, and delight in what you can teach them. Perhaps one day your farm will be the setting of a children's story.

September 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

That's wonderful, what FUN! I love the look of wonder on a child's face when they 'meet' a farm animal.

September 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Anonymous Marie W said...

Jenna, I love it when people talk to kids!! Giving them morsels of a dream they may never have gotten from anyone else!!
Thank you!

September 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger karental said...

Brilliant!

September 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Pooh Overalls said...

Great idea! I'll bet you enjoy it as much as the kids will!

September 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger kwdiving said...

I remember back when you got Gibson, you posted about him and what he got into. I saw a kids book when I read the post. I am an unabashed book freak, worked in a book store for 14 years. Collected kids books for even longer. You were posting some of your sketches around that time, they were perfect. Maybe you should give it a try... What can it hurt?

September 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Lorie Hyten, adult services said...

I'm a librarian in Kansas...I envy those kids! And wish you were close enought to give a program for OUR kids. Sounds like a loto fun!

September 29, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Uta said...

I give talks to 4th Graders about composting, planting seeds and garlic. I am always amazed at the children and how much they don't know but want to. They are like little sponges, they soak up everything at that age.

September 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger deodar said...

Kids between too small to understand and too old to believe are a real hoot (or bok bok). I put a small door at the base of the huge old maple in my front yard and have my niece's 4 kids convinced that's where the fairies live and it takes magic to open that door. I also told them that those aren't spider webs sparkling in the dew on the marsh grass - those are the fairies old wings they dropped when they got new ones.

September 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger deodar said...

Kids between too small to understand and too old to believe are a real hoot (or bok bok). I put a small door at the base of the huge old maple in my front yard and have my niece's 4 kids convinced that's where the fairies live and it takes magic to open that door. I also told them that those aren't spider webs sparkling in the dew on the marsh grass - those are the fairies old wings they dropped when they got new ones.

September 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM  
Anonymous T. Crockett said...

I'd love to hear a follow-up on the event. I'm sure it went stunningly, but I'm wondering if there were any surprises. Had you done a talk to that age group before?

September 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Sam(antha) Burns said...

I often speak to local group and organizations about beekeeping and the benefits of pollinators. Kids are always super fun, their curiosity and enthusiasm can't be beat!

September 30, 2012 at 7:15 AM  
Anonymous Samantha Burns said...

I often speak to local groups and organizations about beekeeping and the benefits of pollinators. Kids are always a lot of fun at these presentations--their curiosity and enthusiasm can't be beat!

September 30, 2012 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Sam(antha) Burns said...

I often speak to local group and organizations about beekeeping and the benefits of pollinators. Kids are always super fun, their curiosity and enthusiasm can't be beat!

September 30, 2012 at 7:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenna, Have you ever looked into the Kickstarter Program to help in funding any of your farm projects. Many of the projects you have seem to qualify. I would think it would be worth a look. Yours is the first blog I check on when I log on to the computer. Rhonna

September 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

If you are ever in Rhode Island, I know a great library to give a to kids. My 9 yr. old granddaughter has read Chick Days (a few times, in fact) and it's her go-to about all things chicken! She quotes from it! She has a flock of 10, which includes 2 roosters.
Anyway, I like your idea of paying it forward, and getting the next generation interested in where their food come from.

September 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM  

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