An eight year old Middletown boy has achieved a goal that most adult writers aspire to; he has become a published poet.
The work of Aiden Schuster, who will be entering the third grade at this fall, appears in this month's edition Highlights for Children.
"I was really excited to see my poem published. I was so excited I wanted to scream," said the young author.
According to Highlights, each year readers send the magazine more than thirty-five thousand submissions. The magazine selects work by boys and girls of all ages and from many different places in the world. By showcasing a representative sample of all the work, Highlights hopes to foster children’s creativity.
"I couldn't believe it when I heard the news about his poem. I'm so proud of my little brother," said Aiden's brother Brendan.
Aiden's poem, Steam Engine, is about trains, a topic he said he has always enjoyed.
"My Papa taught me a lot about them and has given me lots of trains. My favorite is the Polar Express; he got me that one for Christmas," he said.
Darcy Schuster, Aiden's mother, said she would like to see her son continue to foster his talents.
"It's always great to see something so wonderful that your child has done," she said. "Aidan has such wonderful ideas and is very creative. I couldn't be more proud. I'm looking forward to many more wonderful things to come."
His father Robert Schuster said in addition to writing, he is a skilled illustrator and storyteller.
"I'm so very proud of him and all his accomplishments at such a young age," said his father.
Aiden said he also enjoys inventing things and model building. When he grows up, Aidan said he would like to be a structural engineer.
Aiden's poem as it appears in the August edition of Highlights for Children:
Strong and mighty,
big and black,
on the track.
In the stream
I see the steam.
I sit and look.
I am reading my favorite book.
- Aidan Schuster