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!


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....


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


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 Elizabeth 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!!