Friday, January 05, 2007
The holidays are finally over. Whew! Not good ones this time. They were okay, I suppose, but I've had better. Lots of stress at home this time. Lots of customers in the store who were less than jolly, and I guess it rubbed off on me. So, yeah, I'm glad to have the holidays over with. I worked tons. Every premium paid day I could work; I did. So I'm exhausted.
But enough about that. the last couple of months have been...interesting. We discovered my eldest son has an allergy to shellfish. Thank the Goddess he had only a slight reaction consisting of hives. It was scary, let me tell you. Then we discovered I have asthma. After three different long-term treatments, we finally found one that I don't have a reaction to. One of them gave me all kinds of side effects...everything but the erectile difficulty and blue lips! One of them made me moody and forgetful...not fun. Even my regular customers at the store were wondering what was going on. But now everything seems good. Of course, it's not been cold, so it's a little hard to know for sure. All of this was put in perspective for me yesterday. An elderly customer came in with a question about the lottery, and my manager talked to her for a few minutes. About two hours later she came back and asked me if she had lost her winning $10 ticket in our store. So my boss came out of the office and talked to the lady. All of a sudden, the customer starts to cry. "It'll be okay." my boss assured her while she patted the elderly lady's arm. "No, it won't. My son is dying." our customer sobbed.
What do you say to that?
So, yeah, it put my day in perspective.
Last night, I was talking to a friend on the phone, and among other topics, she suggested I look into writing short stories since I don't have the time I used to write with. Anthologies, she suggested, or perhaps a serial tale.
Hmm. So I've been looking into that. But of course, one needs to have a short story first, right? So now I'm looking at a couple of my older pieces that could use a good dusting and polishing.
I'll let you know what happens.
In the meantime, visit my website and read some of the writing of my talented friends and peers.