First classroom reading. Contemplating more. I can fold origami with older kids, talk about the process of artwork, and play portions of the audiobook.

It was a little scary at first but the kids listen more intently than I first thought they would. And they loved to talk about what they like to draw or what they like to write.

My last job — 12 years ago almost — was one that I cherished. I saw the lives of kids transformed by writing and art. It was very fulfilling. This small 20 minutes tapped back into that.

I have always been pretty clear about my vision for doing this: it’s legacy, lessons for my boys encoded in an artifact for them to keep. It’s messages of hope and inspiration for them and anyone who reads them. Stories of curiosity and wonder, and a reminder that it’s never too late to chase your dreams. I saw that light in these kids’ eyes as they listened and laughed.