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Topic: Encouragement (02/23/12)
TITLE: My Grandma Dorothy
By Vicki J. Cypcar
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Although my grandma has been gone several years now, I am still deeply inspired by her. I sometimes feel that she is close. One day I found a shoebox full of all the letters she wrote to me over the years…all yellowed from the passage of time. Her poetic prose tugged my heartstrings and resuscitated my dream of becoming a writer.
In March of 2011, I handed over my employee ID badge of my employer. The heavy glass double doors closed and locked behind me. I crossed the parking lot and got into my Honda exactly the same way I had for six years. I didn’t shed a single tear. It was a heavily contemplated resignation. After all it had become routine and safe, with a weekly paycheck. But I knew it was time to move on. Why? Because over the course of my life the author in me was dying. The routine work week had extinguished the fire in my heart to write happy endings and I yearned to awaken from my vertical coma.
That was nearly a year ago and I have been writing ever since. New doors have opened, opportunities have knocked… and I’m writing. I am not out to be the next J.K. Rowling. If anything I have learned just how many people love to write, whether it is strictly for recreation or striving to pen the next bestseller.
Grandma Dorothy knew I was a writer long before I did, and she was the one who demonstrated to me how magical words could be. Nobody could ever replace my grandma but I find comfort in communicating with other writers. I suppose we are all kindred spirits, encouraging one another on this rugged path – one word at a time.
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