I met all my writing goals. Exceeded a few. I also finished a complete book edit on Hidden Dreams (coming out from Harlequin/Heartsong in April 2013)--mercifully light. And I even got a lot down on two new book proposals. All of that, along with having people time . . .
In working on my devotional book, I needed to quote from one of Jolene's poems. Those of you who have followed me from the beginning have seen this before:
Daddy I say as I run to you
I then fall in your arms
As you give me a big squeezy bear hug
I look into your face
A face of love and wonder
I shall find a place called home in your arms
You say loving and comforting words to me
Tell me that I am all right and no harm shall come
And though I close my eyes you put me
on a soft cloud and sing a lullaby
Oh Little One you shall find peace in me
I read it and wept, shaking shoulders, sobbing, tear-giving, grief. My calling bird was in the lobby at the time, and I called her over. I've held her when she cried. Now it was her turn. She held my hand, and softly sang "Oh, how I love Jesus. . . because He first loved me." A simple human touch can mean so much.
Another morning, one of the perennial bright spots of the lobby was angry, close to tears. I asked an aide to wheel me closer. She'd had a bad run-in with an aide, and by the time we finished talking, she felt better.
Today I learned that man I've never talked to before studied classical piano for thirteen years--a lot like me. We spoke briefly about the grief of not being able to play as we used to.
Yesterday a reader/resident introduced herself to me. Her husband mentioned going to the store. I asked if he would buy me a muffin or a cupcake. . .I had promised myself one when I finished Hidden Dreams a month ago. He brought me both.
Little things . . .a minute here, a shared concern there. . .these people are becoming family. Not just my work place.
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