Today would have been Grandma’s 92nd Birthday.
I dedicate today’s post to her.
Grandma was a newspaper-woman. I knew this from a young age, it was a part of her identity. She wasn’t just Grandma; she was Grandma, a newspaper-woman who was a voracious reader. She is the one I have to thank for the gift of books that helped launch me into being the reader that I am (not to mention the ongoing gift of Powells-money for Christmas many many years)
While we didn’t talk a lot about writing, not directly, but that doesn’t keep me from holding her as one of my writing role-models. Sometimes I would send her copies of my stories. She read them all, commented on them, told me she saw promise. She said I was a good writer, and when I was young that kind of encouragement was very helpful. Grandma was not a free-hand with the compliments so when she said things like that I knew that I could take her words at face value.
I think it’s so important to find people in your life that will be honest with you about your art. Who know the craft enough that they can be honest about it. I was very lucky to have a grandma who could be one of those people for me.
She wrote an autobiography, various reflections and articles. We’d talked a few times about her thoughts of writing about women in the Bible. She traveled, she wrote, she raised four children, she lived her life.
Today is the day for an Insecure Writers Support Group post… and originally I was going to write something else, but my heart leads me to write this. And I have learned the importance of following where the heart leads — particularly in writing.
I feel like today I want to be drawing inspiration from Grandma — I want to continue to use her as a role-model for how I can be, not just as a writer but as a person. Live your life. Dream your dreams. Follow your heart.
Find someone who will be a honest supporter. And perhaps try to find a way to be one for someone else.
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