Backstory 1: “The Star . . .” – 47 years ago

Welcome Readers! This is the beginning of the back story of “The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There.”

In 1965 I was a college student at Illinois State University. My oldest brother and his wife were expecting a child . . . my first niece or nephew. Well, actually my sister-in-law had had two miscarriages. Each pregnancy went a little further. And this baby had made it to six months. A good sign.

Stacey Ruth was born, weighing in at a whopping 3 pounds and I believe 2.5 months premature. That may not seem so dramatic today, but in 1965, as I recall, Stacey was given a 50/50 chance of survival. But survive she did and today she is the mother of three.

It was an exciting but stressful time. Stacey was released from the hospital and brought home after 6 weeks, when she weighed 5 pounds. She looked like a perfect little doll.

That was in the fall. I was thrilled to be an Aunt and I wanted to give Stacey something special for her first Christmas. I guess it’s a good thing that I was a college student with virtually no income. Because as I thought about what I could give to her, it occurred to me that I had been given a gift of art that I could use to create something special. That is how it works. At some point, I decided to write an illustrated children’s story for her.

One decision! Now I had to come up with an idea for a special story.

I don’t know how the idea formed, but once it did, the storybegan to unfold rather magically. The words flowed easily . . . most of the time . . . and in rhyme; a fun reading experience for a child. And as the words came. . .new ideas formed and the story evolved.

I hate to put my name on it because I feel that this story was spiritually inspired and guided. You’ll learn more about that later.

“The Star Who Almost Wasn’t There” is the story of a little star, who could not glow. And that affected his life . . . but not his attitude.

Here is a small clip:

“Each other star has a child somewhere,
A child to love, for whom to care,
A child to make wishes by evening starlight,
A child to be watched over late at night.”

Of course I can’t reveal the entire story, but if you continue to visit my blog, you’ll learn more about the journey from 1965 until 2012 . . . when this story is being published. I’ll tell you about the plans for this book, how it will continue to evolve with new versions, and how it will hopefully help fund some missions.

Thank you for visiting. Please come again. . .meet the hero of this story. . .and learn more of the back story.

One thought on “Backstory 1: “The Star . . .” – 47 years ago”

  1. Pam – when will we be able to buy this book. We have a special needs grand-
    daughter, Alaina; who will love this book. She is 12 years old, but very
    interested in astronomy and science. Thanks for thinking of this – even tho
    it’s been a long time in coming.

    Barb (it was so good to see you as always)

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