This is supposed to be about me. Well, to know a little about me, you only need to know a little bit.
My name is Eric Peterson. I am a Master in Social Work and received both my BSW, and MSW at Aurora University in Aurora, IL, with a few years also spent at Calvin College. I grew up in the same house in Naperville, Illinois until I was 16, and then moved to a different part of Naperville for 4 years until I moved to Montgomery, Illinois where I lived for 4 years. I then moved to New Zealand, where I practiced Social Work full time for 3 years in the youth correctional system. I have now moved back home stateside for the foreseeable future.
As for this blog, I named it “Leaves in the Pages” many years ago after a very fortunate day when I was reading a book in Middle school. I was reading…well, I have forgotten what I was reading, but I remember that as I turned the page, there, pressed against the page, was a leaf. It was a giant, red, leaf that had been preserved in the book for God knows how long. I stopped, picked up the leaf, and immediately began thinking about who left the leaf here? When did they leave it here? What were they doing when they left the leaf here? Were they planning on coming back to this book eventually? Were they in a hurry and needed a quick bookmark, or was it a purposeful and beautiful moment preserved in the pages of story? I didn’t know. What I did know was this: I was going to continue the story. I was going to write about the little things in life, the beautiful things, the important things. Stories that matter, stories that change perspective and engage learning and wonder. I was going to create a blog that exemplified all the innocent and perfect things that the leaf resembled for me so many years ago, and those stories would become…my Leaves in the Pages.