Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG 30 Years of Friendship, 20 Years of Marriage

Big hair first date, Jr. Prom 1991

Well, my July writing goals fell by the wayside, but it's okay. First, I'll report that I'm physically all better from last month's tumble down the hillside with my car. Even the poison ivy or whatever it was is finally on the mend. I've managed to let go of most of the guilt associated with the accident, but I still need to work on letting the fact that I've made things harder on my family go as well. I'll get there. I'm lucky to have a very loving husband who constantly reminds me I'm more important than a car or car payment.


August is usually one of my favorite months of the year. It's my birthday and our anniversary. Last year I had big plans for this year. I've been married to my best friend for 20 years this year! I had hoped to do something special. Ideas included going somewhere foreign (because we never have--cruises don't count!), going back to where we spent our honeymoon, getting a cabin in the mountains closer to home (when the house didn't sell, and didn't sell, and didn't sell...), but none of that is going to happen. Sadly, my dear hubby will be traveling for work over our anniversary.

You'd think as a writer I could figure out how to put my thoughts and emotions into words. However, there really is no way to explain how much I love this man who works so hard to take care of our family. This amazing man didn't even blink when I asked if my mom could move in with us! He's usually quiet on the emotion front himself. After 20 years we are just comfortable together, and yet he still knows how to make me feel loved and cherished. It's wonderful knowing that my best friend is right beside me for this crazy life journey.

Happy 20th, Nathan!


What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Well, how far back should I go for this question? I have a folder with some handwritten pages of a story I started in high school. It's about two best friends, a good guy, a bad guy, and one of the girls gets hooked on drugs. I didn't get very far into it because at the time I was pretty clueless about the nitty underbelly of teen drugs and love triangles. What can I say? I grew up pretty naive. :)

There's also a few pages of dot matrix printed pages with an LDS teen romance. LOL, not much better than the other story, but they will probably continue to move with me until I die.

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