Tuesday, February 2, 2010


The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
~John Ruskin

This is especially true with writing. I just submitted a 2,000 word personal narrative to Voices of Alzheimers, LaChance Publishing. My intent of course was publication, but the end result isn't as important now. In writing this piece, I relived a heart wrenching experience and was able to work through some grief. I have become stronger by having written it.

In teaching preschoolers, although I do toil, I am rewarded with satisfaction of witnessing their growth, and I get at least a laugh a day from a student's quip. Yesterday a five year old boy was inviting others to his house. "If you see a golden retriever that doesn't listen, then you know you're at my house."


K9friend said...

Art Linkletter was right. Kids do say the darndest (and funniest) things!

Good luck with the submission, I'm sure it will do well.

irishoma said...

What a great attitude! Love the quote from the five-year old.

BECKY said...

I know exactly what you mean, Linda. Writing is so therapeutic! Good luck with the submission!

Linda O'Connell said...

Pat, Donna and Becky,
Thanks for your responses. One of these days I will write all those cute little quips and send them to a publsiher. The best one was at Thanksgiving when I was teaching about Native Americans and a little girl said, "My daddy is a naked American too."

Tammy said...

You always leave me with a lesson AND a smile...you have a gift! Thanks for giving of it!

Cathy C. Hall said...

Hahahaha! I taught preschool, too. Biggest regret is that I didn't go straight home and write down what those kids said. That, and wearing white pants to work.