Writing has been a stress outlet for me for many years. I have written and am writing journals for my four grandchildren. I write in them every three to four months, and tell them about the funny things that they did or said. I also include the price of gas (which is a family joke) and write about what is happening in the world or our family. I just gave the first one to my grandson Will for his 18th birthday.
I just finished my Ethical Will to give to my children. I have worked on this for over ten years and it includes my thoughts on love, death, family, God and many other topics. I have written many notes, some of which were delivered and others that were thrown in the trash. The reason I write was brought to my attention when I read a short book entitled THE BREAKFAST LADY by Gail Fyke. Gail lives in the Decatur area and her son went to school in Mt Zion. It is an account of her son’s band trip that turned into a trip to the ER and a substantial stay in New Jersey for brain surgery.
As I was reading the account, I thought about how Gail’s writing this book had to help her through this time in her life. She included Facebook posts in her book that showed her feelings for that day. As you read the book you become part of her experience and relate to the many times that one part of her journey was like one a journey that you have experienced. The book is a quick read and I would recommend it for many reasons: to support Gail and others who have had stressful times in their lives, to understand the role of God and prayer in the lives of many, and to see in the importance of family and friends in the times of struggles.
Does anyone know of other local authors who have written books about their experiences or something of local interest? My next blog will be a book written by Lynn Potter entitled THE FORGOTTEN LIFE OF SARAH GRADY.