A lesson in patience – and maybe meditation – Julie Fogliano’s children’s picture book If You Want To See A Whale has a calming quality and a reminder to stop and observe your surroundings – a message for adults as well as children.
With simple colorful illustrations, the story follows a little boy and his dog as they sit and stare at the ocean, waiting for a whale to appear. With distractions everywhere, focusing on the task is not easy, but they succeed in the end.
I am currently reading Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being – another exercise in focus and patience. Ozeki is a “writer, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest,” so I can’t help wondering if she injected lessons in patience and meditation into this slow read. But I am staying on task, and hope to succeed.