Friday, October 8, 2010

Read All About It!

"Pam, can you send a picture? I like the one used on your blog," she said. "Your column will be in tomorrow's paper."

Nervous? Yeah, just a little. Never wrote a column before. This is a first. Tomorrow my first column will be in The Greenville Advocate, my hometown newspaper.

This has been quite a year for my writing. As my son says, "God must have a plan for you, Mom." Indeed He must since I don't know how to do any of this.

Over the last year, I began two blogs. A Grandparent's Voice was chosen as one of the top 50 online blogs coming in at #16. My Neff Road blog was featured in our newspaper The Oregonian. Two of my stories have been published in Sasee Magazine out of North Carolina. I was just notified that another story is being considered for publication in an anthology, Chicken Soup For The Soul: Grandmothers and tomorrow I will have my first column in a newspaper. Indeed, God is watching over me.

This should all just really knock me off my feet, but it doesn't. I'm just a farm girl doing what she has to do. I don't consider myself a great writer. I don't really consider myself talented. I just put on paper what falls out of my usually empty head. The perks are not important. Any good my writing does is.

We all have gifts. I didn't know I had much talent growing up on the farm. I spent a great deal of time playing alone and drew pictures of stories, but no talent was stamped on my head or poured out of my pores. I was and am just a farm girl doing what comes naturally.

I think maybe the farm was my best mentor. It taught me to observe. The cycle of life of the animals taught me compassion. The hard work on the farm taught me appreciate the life we struggled to have. Farm kids have great imaginations. A barn becomes a castle or a rugged mountain range. A horse can make any kid a cowboy or cowgirl. Working side by side with adults gives the child a sense of belonging and worth.

I am blessed to be able to do what I do. I am blessed to have a rich life from which to draw. I am blessed to have been the small girl who lived back the lane on Neff Road.

Thank you, God.

1 comment:

Janet said...

OK, Pam, I'm catching up today. Haven't read for a while. I will be looking for your articles in the Advocate. Yes, you do have a special blessing to be able to recall and write about things that happened so many years ago. So proud of you. Keep up the good work. It's beautiful on Neff Rd. today. Fall has certainly arrived. Think I'll go take you a picture and post on Facebook.