It began at my writers group. We were discussing getting into print and so I thought “why not do what they say and have a go.”
Back home I trawled the internet. The instruction was to write about something you know about. My eyes lighted on a magazine for window cleaners. Yes, window cleaners in the US really do have their own magazine.
Then I remembered. A small childhood memory. God used to be the window cleaner! Well actually God might be the cleaner of souls but he doesn’t usually appear outside the window. It was just that my mother and I were making the bed and I was very young and the window cleaner appeared in a checked jacket. I said; “ Mum is that God?” She said: “mmmm.....yes dear.” I was convinced. After all, when you are maybe three or four your mother knows best.
For years I was praying to God thinking he wore a checked jacket and climbed ladders with a chamois leather in hand! I still sometimes imagine God in a checked jacket!
So, I wrote the story of my childhood image of God and they did publish it. At least I could say I had been 'in print.' My writing teacher was impressed if nobody else!
Then the fun began. I got e-mails from ‘fellow’ window cleaners. Interestingly, many are Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was assumed I was male, a Jehovah’s Witness and would appreciate an invitation to the “Annual Window Cleaner’s Conference in Birmingham! I did not go; though I was very very tempted to see what on earth window cleaners can have a conference about. The best ladder? The evolution of chamois leathers? How to hold the bucket? How not to get mistaken for God by three year olds?
What did happen was that I successfully negotiated they would pay me for another article. Sadly due to illness I never did write it. But I can say I have been in print!