“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust
This quote always makes me think of my wonderful family and friends — and how blessed and lucky I am to have them in my life. And one of those who’s a constant source of support is my beautiful sister Stephanie. Who could be a more wonderful and “charming gardener” than she?
I always look forward to staying in her apartment for a “sleepover” — so much fun! Since we’re sheltering at home, we always call each other at 11, just to check in and see how things are going. And then, at 4, we have a virtual “teatime” together — we both drink a “cuppa” and chat a bit. These two check-ins with Steph have really helped me stay grounded and to remember that in the midst of all this confusion, there’s someone I can count on and who can count on me.
Along with all my wonderful family and friends, my fabulous sister Stephanie has been such a gift to my writing life! Not only is she an ace editor who always gives me the benefit of her enormous skill and experience, she is a fount of enthusiasm and encouragement. When she’s excited about something I’ve written, I always hear it in her voice: I know it’s really good and get a tremendous lift! She’s always ready to help me make my words better and stronger.
Writing is often a solitary activity, it’s easy to forget all the “writing angels” who give us much-needed — not just ideas and valuable suggestions, but also encouragement when we falter and need a boost.
We writers are sharing, caring people. So let’s take a few moments today to give a shout out to someone who’s helping making this rough road we’re on a little smoother, especially in these difficult days. So, thank you, Steph — you’re the best!
And now enriched and enlivened by acknowledging the “writing angels” whose wings flutter against our pages and shower them with stardust, let’s all write on!
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