She was a vibrant and dazzling young woman with a promising future. Yet, at sixteen, her world felt sad and hopeless.
I was living over 1800 miles away and I wanted to let this very special young person in my life know I would be there for her across the miles and through the darkness. I wanted her to know she could call me any time and any hour and I would be there for her. And I wanted to give her a piece of my heart she could take with her anywhere—a reminder she was loved. Really loved.
Her name is Maddy and she was the inspiration for my very first Eat Your Peas book, Eat Your Peas for Teens. At the very beginning of her book I made a place to write my phone number so she knew I was serious about being available. And right beside her phone number I put my promise to listen—really listen—whenever that call came.
Soon after Eat Your Peas for Teens was published, people began to ask me if I had the same promise for adults. I realized it isn’t just young people who need to be reminded how truly special they are. We all do.
Today Maddy is thriving and giving hope to others. If someone has given you an Eat Your Peas book, it means you are pretty special and they wanted to let you know. Take it to heart. Believe it and remind yourself often.
PS. My mama always said, “Eat your peas! They’re good for you.” Each one of our Eat Your Peas books are filled with nutrients for the heart and soul. They’re good for you, too!