Were you always a writer?
My answer to this question is yes, as I believe I am a writer at heart and by nature. I was a Journalism major in college and all my jobs have been writing jobs. I’ve always liked to write and I’ve always written. Other than that, I never gave it much thought until a package arrived from my parents about ten days ago (newsflash!! parents make it into the blog!!). I could feel there was a book inside, and since I love books, I was thrilled. I crossed my fingers that I didn’t already have it on my bookshelf.
I did not.
As soon as I saw the cover I knew what it was. Don’t let your eyes play tricks on you, this is not just a dictionary. It is THE dictionary I won thirty-five years ago for Outstanding Achievement in English when I graduated 7th grade, which was the last year in my elementary school before junior high — and I’m thinking there were over 100 students in four 7th grade classes. I was thirteen.
Then I went unceremoniously digging through a box of old photos.
As soon as I saw this I knew exactly what I was doing and why I was smiling. I am opening a gift from my grandparents on February 2, 1977. My Bat Mitzvah. Can you tell what’s in the box by the look on my face? A pair of Jordache jeans? No. An autographed Donny Osmond poster? No. Tickets to the opening of Star Wars (before it was a prequel?) No.
It’s an electric typewriter.
I guess they all knew something I didn’t quite yet know – or realize.
So, my fellow Women’s Fiction friends, were you always writers?