Did you ever get news? I mean NEWS that just surprised the heck out of you and was totally unexpected? Nice kind of news, like a pat on the back or an amazing bit of, well, news!
I have experienced this joyful situation a couple of times lately, and it all has to do with the written word. Let me tell you about what I heard today, because it effects a decision I have to make about what happened February 13th.
I have been really busy. Too busy to think let alone write. It has been a long couple of days. Warm weather gone, I trudged into the post office to mail show invitations. One of my neighbors came in after me and asked if I had heard his "Announcement." (Grandfather? I started to say...) And then I got the news. I have lived down the lane from this man for over 16 years and if I were dangling over a vat of something vile and scorching hot, I could not have saved my own life by guessing what his wonderful news would be. Never. "I have written a BOOK!" (Again my mind searched the wild range of possibilities. Dogs?) He said..."I'm a poet and I have just published my first book!"
What? This bear of a man who plows out my snow covered drive so my family can get in for Christmas? What what what? We went on to talk all about writing, about life and living out our dreams, and his wonderful book that we hope one of our other neighbors who drives a UPS truck might deliver that very day. Hope. I can't tell you how incredibly proud I am of this man, a retired school teacher and Humane Society volunteer, who has written what I'm guessing will be a tender collection of his poems called Whispers of Autumn, Love and Reflection.
This brings me to another evening, another tired Me sitting here after another long day. A very good writer friend of mine Ginger Janda, had complimented me on my blog. And then I was invited to read the latest post in hers, The Beach Writer. Ginger is a wonderful writer, and used to write for and run the local newspaper. She grew up in the newspaper business, and I suspect has printing ink running in her veins. She and her family are now living in Jacksonville, Florida, where they are pursuing their creative dreams. Being a poster child for such endeavors, I am thrilled with every post, beach picture and comment I see on facebook and in her blog. I am proud of her for doing it. Anyway, back to this blog post. In it, she announced very proudly that she had won the Sunshine Award for her blog, and was required to follow certain steps in the acceptance of it. In agreeing to accept it, she had to thank the person who gave it to her, answer certain questions, and pass it along to 10 more people. In true Ginger creative fashion, she chose 5 instead of 10, and based it on the creativity of each writer, each person. Now it gets exciting, now here is my NEWS: she chose me as one of her Round Table. I was amazed and quite overwhelmed. I accept this honor now with great pride, and will attempt to obey (sort of) the rules.
Thank you Ginger Janda for choosing me to receive this pretty flower and the award that goes with it. Thank you for noticing my blog and writing...it is something that I do with the part of me that is left over after sculpting. I enjoy it very much, and have written quietly for years.