Daily Archives: March 18, 2017

The Tale of Teddy at Providence House


cute child with teddy beareProvidence House gave me my best friend, my new teddy. We go everywhere together! When I wake up we shuffle into the little kitchen where I meet my new friends for breakfast before school.

My teddy even waits for me atop my very own bed while I’m at preschool. Mommy gets to go to school here, and sometimes she’s here when I get back! She says I’ll be coming home with her soon, but I don’t mind the stay here. I know basically everyone here now, and the nice ladies tuck Teddy in with me every night. We’re nice and snug and safe.

My favorite part of the day is when Teddy and I get to try yoga. He’s not very balanced; he always topples over. The teachers make it so fun! I’m not sure why they call it yoga; they should call it safari. I get to crawl around and pretend to be an elephant or a lion.

You’d never guess, but Teddy has an eye for art! Whenever I’m making a new drawing he’s there to help me pick the perfect colors. I think that’s why they make it on the fridge. We aren’t much for painting, there’s too much paint on us, Ms. Jenny says. Art day is a perfect kind of messy, but Teddy was too excited…now he has a blue splotch on his ear.

Ms. Jenny said I should be going home in a few days. The last few weeks with the other kids were so fun, but I’m excited to go home. Mommy and I have learned a lot, and with Teddy around I know we can make it through anything.

Grant funds from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc. helps fund the mission of Providence House. 

March 18th, 2017|Special Stories|

Reach Out and Read with Neighborhood Family Practice


I can’t believe I’mOpen book in a bright doctor’s office! I’ve spent years hiding in that dark dusty box in little Jimmy’s basement. He stopped reading once he became big Jim, tucked me away.

Yesterday he brought me to the Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP), where I get to see lots of kiddoes again! There is no greater fulfillment for a children’s book than to be read to a child. I’ve been told I am a “classic in two languages.” I just know I get to teach the children and their parents all about different worlds.

I tell the story of the brave Caperucita Roja, Little Red Riding Hood, who overcomes grave dangers, and comes face to face with a wolf. Maybe some do not see the importance of such an unrealistic story…but a book is more than its fancies and frills. I am an entertaining means that drives children’s imagination and strengthens their minds; that’s what it means to read.

A children’s book makes the rigid symbols across the pages come alive in their minds as they form words, sentences, a story. Maybe I can reconnect a child to their family as they read with their kid, as their kid recovers.

Jim said I am perfect for the Reach Out and Read Program here at NFP. I think he’s right. The Neighborhood Family Practice is a community health center that provides affordable primary care to families in the Cleveland area. I can’t think of a better way to add to primary care than nurturing a child’s reading skills, and their relationship with their parents.

Grant funds from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio, Inc. helps fund the Reach Out and Read program at NFP.

March 18th, 2017|Special Stories|