Today I am part of a blog hop for Youth Tube! Youth Tube is a site for kids to “share their art, videos, stories, reviews, songs, feature books and a whole lot more.” Youth Tube’s goal is to encourage “early literacy and children’s creativity.” Dr. Niamh Clune and the team at On the Plum Tree created Youth Tube as a safe place for kids to show their creative work and I think creative kids are AWESOME 😉
As part of this blog hop I have to write about the theme of the hop. Here’s what it says about it at On the Plum Tree – “The theme of the Blog-Hop is, Self as Child. What did you think of yourself as a child? Write something on any theme related to this. Perhaps you would like to express something on the subject of the inner child, or a relationship with a child that makes you reflect on your own childhood.”
I know, I know, you’re all saying “Erik you ARE a kid! How do you write about your inner child?!?” OK maybe you didn’t say that, but I did. I had an idea to write about my “inner adult,” but I’m really not sure what that means. Then I had an idea to write about what I think about growing up and what I will be like.
Here is the poem I wrote –
Who will I be?
Every day, I wonder
Who I will be in a decade or two,
From a little ten-year old,
To a… something. What? Who?
If so, will I make a big difference or small changes?
How about an author?
If so, will I write children’s books or about politics?
I see myself as a father,
Taking care of two.
Will this small dream be real one day?
Or will I take a different route?
Now I think of Ninjas and Super Heroes,
But will I still think the same as an adult?
Or will I be so serious,
I will have no time for jokes and fun? – NAH!
There is one way to find an answer,
To all of these important questions and dreams,
And that simple solution is to…
Wait and see.
Please check out the Youth Tube site and tell every kid you know about it! My sister and I sent in drawings showing how we see ourselves for the site’s first project called “Self.” The pictures are up on the site now. I like how Josie sees herself as a garden fairy princess 🙂
Here are the next dates and places for the hop!
Friday: May 18th http://aprilthomasbooks.wordpress.com April Thomas
Sat. 19th –www.jontybabe.blogspot.com Jonty-Babe
Sun: 20th: http://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/ Darlene Foster
Mon 21st – http://steepedinbooks.blogspot.com Georgia Saunders
Wed: 23rd May: http://tomdharris.wordpress.com/ Tom Harris
Finally, I’d like to say “Thank you” to Patricia Tilton of Children’s Books Heal for telling me about Dr. Clune and Youth tube and Dr. Clune and everyone at Youth Tube for letting me be part of this!