Sunday, March 20, 2011
Angels Come In All Sizes
Let me forewarn you that there will be very little information about writing today. Frankly, I’m sick of it myself. I got my copy edits for Liver Let Die a month ago, and they’re due at the end of the month. Book 2, Beef Stolen-Off is due April 1st. After writing like a mad woman for two solid months (I’m a crisis junkie, remember. See my post on February 21 - A Twelve Step Program For Writers), I’m finally ready to relax.
Anyway, with all this on my plate, I had 2 full manuscripts to edit for two friends who are also my beta readers. How could I say no?
Then on Thursday, I got the call at 6:45 am that my daughter-in-law was in labor. After driving to their house to pick up my 2 year old granddaughter, I rushed home and showered and left hubby to babysit while I drove like a speed demon to the hospital. I barely made it there before she gave birth to an 8’3” beautiful little girl.
All through the pregnancy she and my son said they were thinking about using Anne (after my mother who's in heaven) as a middle name for their new baby. As if that didn’t already choke me up, I find out the name they picked when they saw her is Alice Elizabeth. Talk about tearing up. I felt like I was the one with the screwed-up hormones.
Anyway, as you can see, Alice is beautiful. After a bout with jaundice and a stint under the bili-light, she and Mama came home on Saturday. Abby, my DIL, had big plans to make the transition easier for Ellie, the 2 year old sister, but like everything in real life…stuff happens! We writers know it as the black moment.
On the day they went home, Ellie came down with a 102 temperature and the doctor said she shouldn’t be around the newborn. So, I’ve had her for 4 wonderful days. She’ll go home tomorrow, but she’ll be missed.
Oh, I forgot to mention, Alice was born on St. Patrick’s Day–the day my sister Theresa died many years ago. My nieces and nephew refer to it as Theresa's heaven birthday, and this year she was 13 years old. I tell you this because yesterday I received a note from a good friend who recently lost her own sister to a devastatingly quick illness. I had sent her a note and mentioned how she now had her very own angel looking after her from heaven just like I did. It touched her and she wanted me to know.
My point in all this—finally, you say—is that no matter how stressed we feel with our writing and everyday lives, something happens to make us realize we are so blessed, even in our grief. My friend gained a heavenly angel and I gained a real live one.
Life is good and will bring my friend some peace in time. As for me, I have a new grandbaby to spoil!!
And that’s my blog for today. I was so touched by everything this week, I had to share. And now I have some more great news. We have two new bloggers joining us at M & M, and boy, are we excited.
Anita Clenney is a debut author who has a suspenseful paranormal romance coming out in May with SourceBooks. You can preorder it here. She is currently writing a cozy mystery.
Barbie Jo Mahoney (Witek) is knocking at the door with her Middle Grade and YA stories and her cozy mysteries.
Since April guest slots have already been filled, we’ll start the new schedule in May with Liz on Mondays, Anita on Tuesdays, Kari on Wednesdays, Cassy on Thursdays, and Barbie on Fridays. In the meantime the two of them will share Fridays and tell you all about themselves.
So join me in welcoming Anita and Barbie to M & M and ask them anything you want. Now’s the chance.