ABC's Linsey Davis Shares Her Life's Blessings

Steve Adubato goes One-on-One with ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis, Author of “The World is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings,” who shares the inspiration behind her book and describes how her son motivated her to remind others about life’s “everyday blessings.”

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"We are pleased to welcome, for the first time, Linsey Davis, ABC News Correspondent, and the author of a compelling book called The World Is Awake: A Celebration of Everyday Blessings. How are you? I'm good. Thank you so much for having me here. How much do you love what you do both as a journalist and as an author? I feel blessed that I get to tell stories everyday. You know, that's what I consider myself, a storyteller, so I don't really make much of a delineation between whether I'm doing broadcast TV for my first children's book. I just like to talk to people, I like to write, and I like to tell stories. Let's talk about your book. Inspired, in part, by a conversation, or at least a question, asked by your son Ayden? Yes. So he was just a little more than two years old, I was shocked... Four now? He's four now. We're driving along in the car and he just out of nowhere says, "Mommy, does God open up the flowers?" And I was really, pleasantly surprised by, one, his curiosity about God, and then, two, his ability to make this connection between God and nature. And so this was my attempt to kind of answer that question, not only for him but for other young kids, for toddlers, who are just trying to, you know, kind of explore and get a sense of, because there are a lot of questions about, you know, God and nature and the world around them and everything that they're seeing. It's for the first time. Hmm. And so life is still very new to them. And that's another thing, you know, when I was first reading books to him, you know, from newborn every night, I was thinking, you know, maybe I'm gonna write a children's book, but I wasn't really sure. But you did think about it? I was thinking about it, but I didn't know what I was gonna write about, and so then I kind of just... it was just kind of in the back of my mind, but then when he asked this question, I thought, "There it is!" And he really kind of planted the seed then, and ever since then, I just have been thinking about being a parent and having this young person who has given me these renewed eyes, because I think as adults, we just get jaded, we kind of have these blinders on, and we just go through life, right? And you stop seeing the rainbows, and paying attention to the sunset, and the bunny rabbits, and getting excited by these..."