Ms. Reyzlik is a mother, grandmother, artist, teacher, retired executive director of Keep Fremont Beautiful, an avid gardener, environmentalist, columnist and most recently a writer and self-publisher of children’s stories.
As a child, Sue was enchanted by her Grandpa’s shed. The shed was located in his backyard, a short distance from the house.
When needing some alone time, her Grandpa, “Carnation” Joe Green - would retreat to his shed, which he lovingly called the “doghouse”.
Upon her retirement, Sue enlisted the help of her son-in-law Colby and her grandchildren Max and Sam, to build her a backyard shed. Sue now retreats to her shed, sips tea and writes to her heart's content.
Tell Me A Story, Oma Sue
Some of my favorite childhood memories of my mother are her cuddling up in bed with me and my brother and reading us a story. When I became a mother, I continued the tradition of reading to my children and years later reading to my grandchildren. My youngest child Ramie loved to hear stories of when she was a baby. She could lay in bed, in the crook of my arm and listen to stories for hours. She wanted to hear stories about her sister and brother and what had they been like as babies. She wanted to know about my childhood and what was it like for her Dad growing up on the farm. Any little bit of information was wonderful; it was like she was catching up.
When Ramie became a Mom she read to her daughter and I read to her often as well. When Railee got a bit bigger and started spending the night with Grama she would climb in my bed and ask me to tell her a story. That little stinker wanted to know about her Mom, her relatives, all our lives before her arrival - she was just like her Mom wanting to know what she missed.
Gradually Rai started giving me prompts - asking me to tell her a story about a thumb or a mirror - the prompts were somewhat unusual. One night she surprised me with a normal prompt and asked me to tell her a story about three little frogs. This is the story that I told her that night before she finally drifted off to sleep. I hope you enjoy the story I developed for my sweet Rai and I hope you share the environmental message with your little ones...