Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where the bears and dollies might lead....

Do you ever look back through the years to your childhood and remember little things that hinted at what you would become in the future?  Or, see those small signs in your children? What fun it is, to look back at the way those gifts, talents and interests develop in one’s children.

This morning I’m thinking about our daughter Emily, who at three would line up her bears and dollies on the sofa, and then tell them long, complex stories. By four she figured out that a live audience was better, so she would make “tickets” and have her brothers, dad and I on that sofa, and her stories got longer and longer.  I recall needing to repeatedly grab one boy or the other and rope them back into staying put through her performances.  J

Turns out (no big surprise) that Emily grew to love reading, and has loved writing since, well, she learned to write.  When she was old enough, I started taking her with me to regional and national writing conferences, which were such fun!  Those shared mother-daughter experiences of travel, taking workshops and all of the long, late night discussions with other authors have been such a special part of my life, and of hers, too, I hope.  What are some of the memorable experiences you recall with your mom, or with your kids?

Emily (now Emily Vasquez) ended up with a Masters in English and Special Ed, and has finished three full manuscripts. I pray she keeps at it, finds success in the future with her writing career, and that she finds as much joy in writing as I have over the years.  

And in the meantime, she has become an independent content/developmental editor. So you just never know where stories told to the bears and dollies will lead!


I would LOVE to hear about how you might have followed your own, early interests to something you enjoy as an adult....or how you've seen your children's interests develop as they've grown.   

Anyone leaving a comment will be in a drawing for an e-copy of MURDER AT GRANITE FALLS.

Blessings, Roxanne Rustand


13 comments:

  1. Roxanne, what a sweet story! I was always a reader and while I might have the odd thought about writing I never seriously considered it until I was 35 and these people came to live in my head and wouldn't go away until I told their stories. I wish her much success in her writing career.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely note. I was a bit older when I started writing, and have often wished I'd started a lot sooner! :)

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  2. I have one child interested in engineering, one child interested in cooking and painting, one child interested in writing (!) and swimming, and one child interested in dancing, singing, and hosting parties. Wonder what God will do with these interests....
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Won't it be interesting to find out what your kids do? In our family, what the kids were interested in, became very closely aligned with their future careers. It was fun watching it happen!

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  3. I started rattling off rhymed stories and then writing in 3rd grade when I noticed that students liked them and paid attention. I haven't stopped yet and encourage others, too. It's a great and rewarding road.

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    1. So you started very early! What fun. Did you save everything from back when you were young? I hope so!

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  4. I loved reading and when I got my first job at a library, shelving books and I enjoyed it. I still do. I been there 10 years. Can't wait to read your story!

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  5. I had a daughter that we named Melody. She ended up with a PhD in music education!!!
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  6. I always loved books and experience great joy in reading. I am now a retired book pusher (librarian) but I still love reading and promoting authors!
    Blessings!!
    Connie
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  7. As a child I would rub alcohol on my grandmothers legs or put bandaids on boo boos. I did not become a nurse but I did work in the medical field for many years. Ironically our son loved sports and children so we encouraged him to go into physical education. He went four years, got a degree and then decided he wanted to be a nurse! He worked four years as an LPN and is now in his second semester to become an RN.
    Gail Hollingsworth
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  8. As a kid, my favorite toy was an old typewriter. I couldn't get enough of slapping at those keys. who knew that would lead to a writing career?

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  9. Once I discovered reading 📚 I was hooked. Then I discovered Christian fiction. I read more than ever before. fishingjanATaolDOTcom

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  10. Enjoyed the story about Emily. Encouragement really makes a difference in a person's life.
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