As many tend to do at this time of year, I’ve been reflecting on all the things I’m thankful for in my life. So I wanted to share with you some of the things the writer in me is grateful for.
I’m thankful for having parents that took me to the library every week and read to me as a child.
I’m thankful for having a dad and mom that worked hard to send me to good schools so I could learn to read and write and learn about the world beyond the four walls of my home.
I’m thankful that I had two parents who read in front of me. Every morning, they read the newspaper at the breakfast table, and every night, they read books before they went to sleep at night.
Likewise, I’m thankful for having parents who told me I could be anything I wanted to be, believed in my ability to achieve my goals and supported me as I went after them.
I’m thankful for the teachers who told me I had a way with words and who encouraged me to pursue my talents.
I’m thankful for editors who look at what I write and find ways to make it better.
I’m thankful for a husband who doesn’t complain when I grab a flashlight, paper and pen in the middle of the night to jot down an idea.
Likewise, I’m thankful for a husband who takes the kids on a bike ride just so I can get an extra hour of undisturbed writing done.
I’m thankful for kids who curled up on my lap when they were little and let me read to them, and continue to share their thoughts about what they’re reading with me now.
I’m thankful for my writing group for seeing the promise in the stories I have in my head and for inspiring me to somehow get those stories onto the page.
Likewise, I’m thankful for those writing friends who lift me up when the words are a mess or won’t flow freely.
I’m thankful for librarians for recommending books they think I might enjoy and for having the knowledge to do so.
I’m thankful for the teams of people that work hard to put books into the hands of people, especially children. Agents, editors, publishers and book sellers, I know our craft would be nothing without your enthusiasm and dedication.
I’m thankful for writers for having the creativity to make their stories come alive on the page and the courage to share their stories with the world.
And finally, I’m thankful for anyone, anywhere who takes the time to open a book and lose him or herself in the stories people like me write for them to enjoy.