I apologize for the timing of today’s blog. The publisher was supposed to get back to me on Monday regarding information on the release of The Wish but was delayed in getting back to me due to a few glitches in their plans. After they contacted me today, I have been working on getting some last-minute requests in to my publisher. I was notified last week by my publisher that they are going to work on getting a secured release date of St. Patrick’s Day for The Wish! With that being said, today, I’ve been in communication with them going back and forth with sending some additions for the final copy as well as discussing with them the back cover, and spine. We are still shooting for March 17 but won’t really know anything for sure for another week or two. That’s very exciting! As information comes in surrounding the launch date, I will be sure to let you know!
With all that’s happened in the past week and my feeling so fortunate to be where I am in my life, I was heart-broken to witness an incident that made me question how kids are being raised today. I stopped off at the grocery store to pick up a few things for dinner when I heard a young voice say, “how ’bout a teacher?” A young girl, maybe no older than 11 or 12 years old was shopping with her mother. The mothers response to her daughters apparent statement on what she would like to be when she gets older, was, “No, be a doctor or a lawyer.You’ll make money and you’ll be happy. Trust me.” Now, besides the fact that this woman thinks money makes one happy, the sadder fact was the girls response, “okay.”
I’m hoping as this girl gets older, she comes to realize the importance of being happy with who you are and that no amount of money can truly by real happiness.
Why don’t parents just allow their children to dream, let them dabble in the arts, in the sciences. Let them explore interests beyond the boundaries of the four walls they live in. The stress placed on kids today to have to “be somebody”, “make money”, “do something main-stream” only douses the flame of their becoming so much more than what we “allow” them to become. I sometimes think, parents want their kids to be as or more successful in their lives than they are. Every parent wants what’s best for their kids and to have a better life than they lived, but who’s measurement of success are we using? It’s the dreamers, the kids that “think outside of the box”, the musicians, scientists, artists, etc., that look at the world differently than “mainstream” society that gives our world the color, beauty and diversity we all appreciate today. My one advice to my own kids is, dream! Every person you may admire today, musicians, artists, teachers, doctors, astronauts, etc., ALL were kids just like them. And they all had dreams, just like them.
I was one of those kids whose parents said, “be a nurse, not a journalist or actress. Find a doctor and marry him.” Luckily, I found another profession as a nurse that has one of the most rewarding jobs I think I could have ever chosen. Now, years later, I’ve been given the opportunity to live out a young girls dream of being a writer, a real life AUTHOR! It may have taken a few years for me, but I luckily have a supportive husband, family and friends, who all encourage me in my dream of getting published. And that dream is actually becoming a reality. I feel like a kid again!
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Til next week…