As January 2021 comes to a close, I’d like to say Happy Birthday to two members of our SuperCaptainBraveFAM: Brigette Vasquez and Corey Timmons. They happen to have the same birthday and are close to Kyle and his family.
Corey met Kyle in 2017 and has been a friend ever since. His generous heart and fun nature make him an amazing addition to Team Kyle. Not to mention an extra partner in crime for our epic Halloween group costumes.
Readers might recognize Brigette as one of Kyle’s nurses. Loving and kind, she is Kyle’s morning nurse and the one who helps him most often with schoolwork. In fact, she is the first nurse you meet in the SuperCaptainBraveMan books!
As I type this, I realize that I forgot to introduce myself in the last blog post. Oops!
Hi! My name is Leah Lodevico, aka Nurse Leah.
If that sounds familiar, you might recognize the last name as that of the talented illustrator of the SuperCaptainBraveMan series, Victor Lodevico. He’s my brother and the person who introduced me to the world of SuperCaptainBraveMan and Kyle.
For as long as Victor has been Kyle’s nurse, I’ve known the incredible Norman family. In 2015, I joined the team in charge of Kyle’s care as his weekend nurse. Watching and caring over him these past 6 years has been some of the most rewarding in my life.
During the production of the first two SuperCaptainBraveMan books, I sat in awe of the stories and artwork Jennifer Norman, Paul Norman, and my brother, Victor Lodevico created. In 2018, Victor approached me with the idea of creating a story for the fall. And so, The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan: A Kyle Adventure Book 2: Signs of the Season came into being.
2019 saw another collaboration for me and SuperCaptainBraveMan. Along with Paul Norman and inspired by the precocious Mia Armstrong, I co-authored The Adventures of SuperCaptainBraveMan Book 4: Down on Safari!
I’ve been writing stories since high school and the opportunity to write for a series like SuperCaptainBraveMan is one that I cherish and am extremely grateful for. In addition to these books, in February of 2020 I also published the book Someone Said, inspired by my daughter and my own experiences as a second-generation immigrant.
During 2020, I’ve devoted my time to helping my daughter adjust to distance learning, sewing face masks, and of course, taking care of Kyle.
I was given the opportunity to write for the SuperCaptainBraveMan blog this year and it’s not one I intend to fumble. My hope for this blog is to make it a safe space to talk about the health issues and triumphs everyone experiences. Especially for those who live adaptive lives and their families.
I’m not an expert and I don’t think I have the energy to even be one. What I am is an avid learner who happens to be the parent of a constantly questioning 9-year-old. Finding ways to explain the world to her is a daily occurrence. I hope writing for this blog will not only help me start difficult conversations with my child, but help anyone start and continue conversations that need to happen with the next generation.
In future posts, I’ll be talking to different people who inspire others and work to spread positivity. And in honor of the 5th Anniversary of the SuperCaptainBraveMan series, I’m going to end each blog with a little segment called 5 Facts.
Here are 5 Facts About Leah Lodevico:
- My favorite podcast is Ologies by Alie Ward. It’s an often hilarious and always informative podcast. Each episode is dedicated to a different -ology, or field of study. The language isn’t always kid friendly, but the information is always interesting. If you visit the Alie Ward website, there are kid friendly versions if you’d like to share a fave episode with your kiddos.
2. I play the viola. I enjoy the richness of tone the viola gives off and wish I could play in an ensemble again. But with my daughter taking up the violin this year, perhaps a duo will have to do.
3. I love Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. This is a love that is close to my heart and something I share with my daughter and Kyle as often as I can.
4. I make an awesome arroz caldo. Translated from Tagalog, it means “rice soup”. It’s more of a rice porridge with chicken, garlic, and lots of ginger. Think of it as the Filipino version of chicken noodle soup and you’ll understand how comforting this food is for me.
5. I cry. A lot. At every movie, show, commercial, and Christmas song, Kyle can always count on a tear or two from me. And he laughs good naturedly about it. More than once at the movie theater, members of Team Kyle will turn their heads and whisper, “Stop crying!” or “Is Leah crying yet?” But as one memorable movie character stated, “I just have a lot of feelings.”
Stay safe and brave, SuperCaptainBraveFAM!
All of the books in the SuperCaptainBraveMan series are available in our shop or www.amazon.com
My book Someone Said is available at https://tinyurl.com/SomeoneSaid
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