This month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group is being hosted as always by Alex J. Cavanaugh. His co-hosts this month are Bob Milne, River Fairchild, Julie Dao, and Sarah Foster! Thank you all for your effort.
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After a recent dinner at our favorite Chinese food restaurant, I got the following message in a fortune cookie.
Being told to keep true to the dreams of my youth got me thinking about the aspirations I had when I was younger. I can distinctly remember wanting to grow up to be three things: a teacher, a mom and Miss America.
Most of my adult life has been spent as a teacher, first in Environmental Education and then in a public school classroom. For me, teaching is one of the greatest things I have ever done. I am proud of what I accomplished there.
I have been a mom for more than a decade now. A moment ago I wrote that teaching is one of my greats…well, motherhood is my greatest. The person I am raising makes me delighted, worn out and in awe every day. Plus I get to marry the role of teacher with mom as I homeschool my girl.
As for Miss America…like Meatloaf says, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” I can’t remember exactly what put that notion into my head. I don’t even remembering watching the pageants on TV. I think it had something to do with a Miss America doll I was given once. I’ll just say I have never regretted not wearing that crown and sash.
Wanting to be a published writer came later than my childhood. The love of reading bloomed the year my mom bought me a boxed set of Judy Blume books for Christmas. For months you could find me holed up in my room poring over those stories. I was sure Mom had no idea what was in the books she had so innocently handed me. They spoke on subjects that I didn’t know people besides me were feeling. Blubber and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret changed my life. They made me see that the written word has power.
Writing followed the reading (isn’t that always the way?). In my youth I just didn’t think I had the patience, the ability or the intelligence to even hope I could be a “real” writer. I let life lead me in other directions. And the truth is that I may never be published (keeping my fingers crossed), but I am a “real” writer. Now I can’t image having another dream.
Because it is the new year and you lot at the IWSG have been so nice to me, my RESOLUTION is to visit every single blog on the the linky list. I know others do this each month. Alex J. Cavanaugh himself is so diligent I have no idea how he finds time to write his books.
Since joining the group this past October I only seem to make it to a handful or so other blogs. But not this time. This time I will visit and comment on every blog that posts (still have my fingers crossed from earlier). Today that is 317 blogs. Please know that I will not be able to finish in one day (geez, I have a dentist appointment this Wednesday), but I will get it done.
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