Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FL-A Cure for Cabin Fever - Get Creative, Get Out!

     Days are flying by with my renewed passion for writing.  I bought 11 Kindle edition books about fiction writing and I’ve read 4 of them in the last week!  I’m taking notes, experimenting, and watching flix recommended that demonstrate plot and dialogue genius.  I’ve registered for 2 literary contests and my daughter Rachel and I are trying out a fun activity.  We select a writing prompt, choose a deadline for manuscript completion and then share our stories.  Our first task will be shared this Saturday.  It’ll be interesting to see what each of our minds guided us to create from the SAME PROMPT!  “Incorporate the following 3 items in your story: a soup can without a label, a cigarette pack filled with M&Ms and an unrequited crush.” 
     This past Sunday was a week alone in the house…it was necessary to get out for awhile.  I got to the car with needed transportation devices, drove to Walmart, hobbled in, rode all around for almost 2 hours in their motorized vehicle with basket just checking things out, purchased a few items to aid in my writing projects and EAR appeal

I love it!!!
and a few groceries, graciously accepted assistance getting bags into the car, drove back, unloaded the car and got everything in the house AND I did so without a hitch, mostly!!!!  Woo!  Hoo!  Must say though that a great deal of focus and creative ‘problem’ solving was involved…LOL
Handlebars came to the rescue!
     Between the loading of the car and the unloading of the car (I didn’t get any perishable items), I went into a Texas Roadhouse restaurant for lunch.  To my absolute surprise and pleasure, I was gifted with a server from heaven!!!  Bright Spot- Louie, Louie, Louie!  He greeted me as though we were old friends and provided the perfect recommendation for lunch after I gave him a rather shabby description of what I thought I wanted…LOL   That man sure knew what he was talking about…everything was spectacular.
     Of course, after I finished eating, I invited him to have a seat and asked him to tell me something happy in his life or what he is grateful for.  Without hesitation, he said, “Waking up.”  That lead to a chat that inspired me.  Louie is 37 years old (looks like 25) and has been around the block.  Born in New Jersey, he gravitated to Florida for his education, than headed west to perform as a Chinese pole acrobat and  trapeze artist.  How fun is THAT?!  He returned to Florida a few years ago and now he has a gorgeous little girl named Neriah, who is 2 years old. 
Dad and Neriah
We talked about his love of and appreciation for overcoming obstacles, getting up more times that you fall and goals worth having and sticking with until they are reached.  Louie wants nothing more than to be able to say “YES” whenever his daughter needs something.  I could see in Louie’s eyes and feel in his presence the love he has for Neriah.  Louie, thank you for taking good care of me and for allowing me to step into the beauty that is your life for a moment.  Keep your heart on your goal and you can’t go wrong!!!

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