Saturday, February 8, 2014

Telling the story...

I've been working on my book lately about being a twin to wonderful Peggy Jean (I'm Nancy Jane).  It's about growing up as a twin and then telling about her cancer and her death at 37-years-old (25 years ago this April). And well, I am including all the emotions and trivia that went with it all (and still does).

I decided to put the picture of Snoopy up - to add some lightness to this blog post.... because writing about this stuff, has left me very tired... and with eyes swollen (well, not my eyeballs actually).

I had told myself for years that I ought to write about it all... but just couldn't bring myself to do it.  And then when I finally brought myself to start, I would go weeks, and even months, without adding anything to the story.

Ah, but I cut myself slack... and would say, "Nancy, most people don't write books about grief and stuff. ... It's okay.  Let it go."

But somewhere along the road I just had to.... especially here lately.

So I'm doing it.... and you know.... even when I start crying the most, I just want to keep at it.

Yes, it's cathartic.
And yes, I want to do it for Peggy's kids, Cap and Elizabeth, and her grandchildren, etc.

But oh, it has been wonderful.
It's like that Footprints in the Sand poem.
I look back, and whoa,
do I see God everywhere!

Whoa.
 

In closing, here are some quotes on writing that I really like.....


And my favorite is...
"Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.
~ Louis L'Amour

Oh, and there's this cartoon....


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Thank you, Kathy Fennell Cranfill, for encouraging me to plod on and do it!

3 comments:

Pat said...

I'm so glad you're writing about Peggy. I look forward to reading it - I'm crying just reading your post so know it is so hard for you and yet good. Also, loved the quotes.

Laura said...

Proud of you, Momma!

sara [at] journey of doing said...

You definitely have to tell your story... for yourself... for her family... and because I imagine... it will help others, too. You are amazing!!

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