As you know I've been listing the revisions for chapter 8 as my writing goal for today and tomorrow with not much getting done. I could list excuses for not getting my writing done: working full-time, wife, mother, daughter, Oswego Reading Council duties, church obligations, this-that-and the next thing but the truth be known...I haven't been working on chapter 8 revisions because I had questions without answers.
The kicker is I knew where to go for the answers but let fear get the best of me. Well, not necessarily fear but respect. As I work through those first hours and days I have many gaps and loss of memory yet I want to write the best book possible and know that if I can remember some of those items, it will enhance my story. Out of respect for my parents and not wanting to upset them I kept waiting for the "right time" to ask them and this never seemed to happen. So this afternoon I decided I was going to ask them.
I started in my typical discreet and causal way "Can I interview you tonight?" They both looked at me with Dad asking, "For what?" I explained it was for the book and I was trying to remember the details and to remember them correctly. I also apologized if it was upsetting. Instead of upset, I found them eager, willing and excited to help me work on my book. I've spent two weeks worried about upsetting them and letting fear get the best of me when my parents were more than open to answering my questions and going back to that day with me. Thank you Mom and Dad!
Before leaving they both told me to ask questions when I had them. If it was the middle of the night and I had a question - email them. If I thought of it during the day - call them. They want to help me and expressed how proud they are and they'll do whatever I need to help me achieve this.
The Oswego Reading Council's annual writing contest this year was "The person I admire the most is..." If I would have entered it would read "The people I admire the most are my parents for their willingness to look back and remember out of love and support for my and
Yesterday's Writing Accomplishment: organized and researched
Today's Writing Goal: interview my parents for chapter 8 and HW for class
Tomorrow's Writing Goal: Revise, revise, revise!