Monday, May 23, 2011


Who could work on a day like today?

I need to write.
I need to write a short story entitled For Simon. I need to write a novel, Another Child. I need to write this blog, about work.

I've long been above average at many things. I need to excel at one. I need to pour everything into something. I have decided that that something is writing. But today? Ugh.

I need to edit, submit, publish Trying To Love You. I need to schedule signings and package gifts of Two Sides of Wilde & My Daughter Still. I need to work. Just not today.

I need to finish The Senator's Daughters. I need to collect all my poetry and decide if so many varied ramblings can be in one collection.

I need to get in a car and drive to Joplin, Missouri. But I guess not today.

Today, or yesterday rather, a tornado all but destroyed Joplin, Missouri. It's an hour and a half away, but that's close around here. Today my cousin was rescued from the rubble and taken to the hospital there. Today we waited. She is ok. My Aunt & Uncle sat in Freeman Hospital, waiting and wondering about their young daughter's fate. I have been there.

Today is supposed to be my blog on work. This was scheduled months ago, when today should have been a typical Monday in a typical May. I have been thinking ahead to this blog, thinking about focus, about cutting the fat and writing every day. Had I written it ahead and scheduled it, I wouldn't have even thought of it, today.

I do need to write. I do need to cut back on anything that isn't writing, frankly. Today I am thankful to have that choice. I am thankful for my daughter, my family, my friends.

Well, I wrote my blog. I did write some on For Simon, and I must do the same tomorrow, because I can.

My thoughts and prayers go to the community of Joplin, Missouri,their families and friends and the citizens and emergency responders working to put their lives together again.~


  1. I watched an interview last night of a woman who had survived in her closet with her grandson despite her house destroyed all around her. And she was positively giddy. She said she knew in the days to come she'd not be so giddy, but she was alive, she had the ability to live tomorrow. Start to write tomorrow because as you said, you can!

    Glad to hear yours are all accounted for, my relatives are, but just an hour away--it could have easily been us.

    Lord willing, we will write tomorrow.

  2. Thanks for that poignant reminder of all we have to be thankful for, Cherilyn. I will be praying for that town. Happy to hear your relatives are safe.

  3. thank you Cherilyn. nothing is by accident, it was your day to write and you did so beautifully.

  4. Cherilyn,

    thank you for this post and poignant reminder that each day is a gift. And yes, you are able to write--you are so blessed. I'm praying for your town today and I too am glad that all your relatives are safe. May God comfort you tonight.