Books have always been a part of my life. Many of my greatest childhood memories involve books. For me, the arrival of the Book Mobile to our neighborhood was more exciting than the Ice Cream Man.
I still remember the rainy Saturday evening when I purchased Stuart Little with my allowance. I also invested money in some of my other favorites: The Boxcar Children and The Little House series.
Like books, my love for writing goes back to elementary school. My next-door neighbor, Karen and I would write plays and then act them out for our parents. Then in 1973, at the age of eight, I met my best friend, Suzanne.
In junior high school, we started writing notes to each other, slipping them into each other’s locker or hand delivering them when we passed in the hallway. These were not short notes with tidbits of information, they were multi-page notes, some written in long hand and many typed on our Brother typewriters.
We wrote about the important things in our life: boys we thought were cute, how their “feathered” hair looked good that day, our plans to go roller-skating over the weekend, or how much homework we had. Rather than talking about it over the phone or in person, we chose to write.
I remember during the Thanksgiving holiday one year, Suzanne’s family went out of town which meant we wouldn’t see each other or be able to talk for four days. Feeling like an eternity, I decided to document everything I did during those four days with my typewriter. Upon her return, I presented a twelve-page summary of my Thanksgiving.
Over thirty years later, we found ourselves sitting at my kitchen table reading the stack of notes her mother had saved in a box. I don’t think either one of us had ever laughed so hard. We felt as if no time had ever passed. Those words on each page took us back to that exact moment in time.
That is what is great about the power of words; they can transport you to another time or place. They can make you laugh or make you cry. By stringing together several words, you can build a sentence. Put sentences together and you can build paragraph. Writing paragraph after paragraph can turn into a chapter and chapters can make a story. Your story, you have total control of the outcome and for me, that is fun.
Thanks to a very tech savvy friend, (you know who you are), I am able to make my debut into the world of blogging. I am hopeful this blog will serve as a prelude to an exciting future as I pursue my passion for writing.