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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Thought for the Day 5/24/07

It's not particularly "romantic," but I think it's important nonetheless.

Ben Jonson wrote of Shakespeare in his "To the Memory of my Beloved Master William Shakespeare":

"Who casts to write a living line, must sweat..."

When someone dares to say, "Oh, you're just writing?" or disparages your efforts, or seeks to minimize your goals, realize that those in the field understand what you do when you write is WORK. Hard, often times exhausting work.

So keep writing--keep sweating over those lines--they'll be beautiful because of your effort.

Take care,
PS--Got word yesterday that my mother has less than one month to live. I'll again be out of touch for a while as I travel down to her and help chronicle her life before so much about her culture and family is lost to us.


RomanceWriter said...

I mentioned this quote to the writign group. Everyone could use to read it.

I am so terribly sorry to hear about your mother. You will stay in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs,


Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Oh my goodness - (((((hug))))) - I hope the next days and weeks go as well as they can for you and your family.

Anna said...

I just posted a comment I thought but now it looks like it didn't post? I hope I don't double post.

I like your advice and it is true - wtiters should write and write.

I suggest you tell your mom to decide on a safe place to go, after she loses the body she has now. It makes a difference.

liz fenwick said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wandering Author said...

Saoirse, I'm so sorry. I can only hope that you will have a chance to spend some time with your mother, and to chronicle the things you want to.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Thank you, Sara. I love the quote--and only stumbled upon it recently (which proves we must keep learning--but you know that:).

And thank you so much for thoughts, prayers and hugs--I appreciate the support and am working through this with the knowledge that there is "someone" or "something" far greater than myself at work in all this and that my mother will be taken care of after this life is over.

My husband said he's not as upset as he thought he'd be now because we'd feared the end was coming a while ago and went through several emotional rollercoasters then. I agree, but am still dealing with feeling cheated. We kept being given hope and now it seems like a big, vicious tease.

Don't get me wrong--I am SO thankful for every day that science and medicine added to my Mom's life--but, dammit-- I wanted a cure.

Thanks for your kind thoughts, though--they mean a lot to me.

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Thank you, Zinnia. I just have to hope I can lend support to my family and that things proceed peacefully and painlessly for my mother.

It's hard, not being able to do anything about all of it when I'm such a control freak, but I'm sure there's a lesson to be learned here...I just wish it could have been learned some other way.


Saoirse Redgrave said...

Anna, thank you for stopping by. My "moderate comments" was/is on and that's why your first comment didn't post before you wrote a second one.

I have faith that Mom will find her way safely to a good and welcoming place in the afterlife. She has lived a good life and done wonderful things for many people (taught special education children life and vo-tech and job skills for many years and made birthday cakes for homeless children stuck in shelters on their birthdays--and that's just the tip of the iceberg ;-).

Thank you for the thoughts,

Saoirse Redgrave said...

Thank you, Liz. Kind thoughts and prayers are always appreciated and go a long way, in my humble opinion.


Saoirse Redgrave said...

Thanks, Ray. Time always seems so tragically elusive, doesn't it?

My mother grew up in one of the neatest and most magical places (backwoods Carolina) and one of the most wonderfully salt-of-the-earth-pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps types of families ever. Some of my fondest memories are of visiting her mother's home in the tiny town of Bryson City, NC.

She was raised in a time when a dress made from a flour sack was the local norm and picking blueberries barefooted was a summer pleasure. Her daddy worked on the railroad and would jump off the trains at spots to trace poor children's feet, then he'd return soon with shoes to fit them.

And the stories Mom can tell about "Sparky" and "Inky" the dogs, the troubble with the boys and the livestock, walking to the movie theater on Sundays while a local woman stood on her porch and yelled about it being a sin and the way her big brother scared her for fun... It's just wonderfully Americana. It's "small town" in all its glory, and it's a lot of what I associate with Mom.

I hope to get a bunch of it written down as close to her own words as possible. My son may not get to hear her tell him all the stories personally, but I don't want them to be lost when we lose her.

Take care,

writerwoman said...

Just stopping by to check in and say hi. I am praying for you and your family.

Hugs from your friend,


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