Thursday, June 20, 2019

Advice from the kitchen sink, or do not abandon your baby

 A kitchen sink baby bubble bath may be old fashioned, but it was a delight for both of us. Charlie had the best time laughing and splashing. 

I received a letter yesterday, an old fashioned HAND WRITTEN letter from a dear friend. It reminded me of the hundreds of letters my best friend Sheila (who lived out of town) and I exchanged over four decades. Those letters connected us through our words and handwriting.

Do you still hand write correspondence, or do you consider it old fashioned and prefer to use the computer?

When writing a story, remembering a fact, or doing research you have to tighten your focus as Liam is doing. FIVE year old Liam. How did that happen? 

 Alex thrills at new discoveries. He enjoyed playing in a small waterfall at the park. He observed others playing in the sand. Sometimes it helps to observe first, take in information, investigate.
Do what works for YOU! 

I witnessed a mother with a baby about 18 momths old in a deep sand hole with water in it. She said, "I said NO to everything with my firstborn. This one is our fifth, and I've learned to let him go at his own pace. He's a go getter!"

 Give your friend and fellow writer an assist. Never quit, even when things get rough. NEVER say NEVER! Alex pushed Charlie in his walker. When he bumped into the patio carpet, he threw up his hands and said, "Oh NO! STUCK!" and he abandoned his baby brother.
If you are a writer, and you are stuck on a project, bogged down, dealing with rejection, or fighting the good fight against negativity, don't quit. I encourgae you to grab a pen and put your thoughts on paper. HAND WRITE yourself a message. Give yourself a pep talk. List three reasons why you should continue to pursue your writing goals. Now add two more! Take a break if you must, but do not abandon your baby.


Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--I love your "make a list of reasons" idea. And those boys--are they ever so cute.

Susan said...

Hi Linda....No, I will never give up writing. Rare would be the day that I don't put my thoughts down on paper or keyboard. I feel blessed every single day. Hope you have a good rest of the week and a super weekend! Susan p.s. THANK YOU for all your visits to my posts. I appreciate them SO MUCH. Susan

Val said...

Great pictures of the boys! Liam is going to be driving before you know it! The only things I hand-write these days are my grocery lists. The weekly letters to my boys are done on computer, because I can copy and paste the main news, and personalize a paragraph or two. Saves time that I could better use doing absolutely nothing.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda - Great advice. I exchanged letters with numerous people over the years, but now a short note is a big deal. We're all too busy. Your grandkids are growing up fast. I remember when Liam was the baby. :)

Pat Wahler said...

I love the kitchen sink bathtub image. It brings back memories of when my kids were littles. :-)

Connie said...

Adorable pictures and great advice to go with them. I used to write letters when I was younger, but I guess I mostly use the computer anymore. It seems like a lost art.