I recently shared that my mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s Disease. It’s been roughly 5 years since she was diagnosed. We soak up every laugh, every dance, and document everything. Although we try to be present in those moments, we’ve learned it’s not enough to rely on our memories. Every story she tells about my husband growing up, and every moment spent with our son, her grandson, is documented. I created an email address for Bowie while pregnant and email him stories or phrases his grandmother said in case I forget one day. I still email him every couple of weeks with updates and funny stories. A digital baby book, of sorts.
Which brings us to the story of The Little Leaf’s Great Adventure by Mote Baird. Mote’s daughter, Anne Campbell (style director of gotidbits.com and co-founder of wornandomestic.com), shared the story with some of her friends, which is how it ended up in my inbox. It’s a sweet poem that her father wrote and would recite often when Anne and her siblings were little. It’s a story about the crazy twists and turns his life had taken, and how without them, he wouldn’t have experienced so much happiness and fulfillment in his life.
It wasn’t until 30 years later, that Mote asked Anne’s husband, Cameron, to illustrate it. They then took things to the next level by animating it and asking Anne’s brother to comprise a score with her father’s voice narrating it. Talk about a family affair! As Anne says, this work was meant to be shared, and although it’s presented as a kids’ short film, it’s really for people of all ages. The story is incredibly touching but what I found equally inspiring was Anne’s family working together to create a piece of history, their family history, that will live on for years to come. We can all use a gentle reminder that there is no time like the present to create new memories with the people you love. We hope you enjoy!
Written & Read by Mote Baird
Illustrations by Cameron Campbell
Music by Bill Baird