As someone who writes about writing, there is something that gets me wildly fired-up:
A blank piece of paper.
Really. I'm passionate about blank paper.
How does one get all passionate about a blank page, you ask? Let me tell you. My head just gets all spinny when I imagine the endless possibilities that a blank piece of paper represents.
When and where did this condition of mine start? I have to say, it probably all started about a year ago in the mission control room of NASA.
You see, one day my space-obsessed son and I were watching the first test launch of a newly-designed rocket ship on television. Luckily this trial flight was scheduled to be brief (about 2 minutes, I think) because we were holding our breath the entire time. When all signs pointed to success, the cameras turned to the mission control room where steely-eyed rocket scientists were cheering, hugging, and even tearing up. Then, someone official, maybe the mission commander, stood up to address the team. He started off by saying something to the effect of, "...and to think that only two years ago this whole thing started out with a blank piece of paper...."
[insert jaw drop here.]
I remember that morning so clearly because Jack and I stood side-by-side, staring at that screen, both blown away by what had just happened. He, awestruck by the magnitude of this mighty piece of engineering going to infinity and beyond. And me, reeling from the realization that blank pieces of paper have quite possibly launched nearly an infinite number of ideas into the universe.
I mean, how many great events in history, and in life, have started with a blank piece of paper? It truly boggles the mind.
That's why, despite so much competing for my kids' attention these days, I'm committed to making sure they have the write stuff. And I'm not talking about anything out-of-this world either. I'm talking about a steady supply of blank paper and the skills and confidence to know what to do with it. My hope is that a love of writing, learned early, will help them turn all of their Big Ideas into a reality.
Yup. Some people see a blank piece of paper. Me, I see unlimited possibility.
How about you? Are you on the same page with me on this one?