To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:
When I was about 4 years old, my mother owned and ran a local ice cream stand across from the high school’s football field. My grandfather built it for her soon after she married my father and it was THE place to hang out after school and on the weekends.
All the kids called us LUCKY because they thought we could eat ice cream any time we wanted.
The reality was that if we were LUCKY, the store brought in just enough money to help pay the bills, and by the time I was in school, my mother was forced to sell the business.
There were two things she took with her when she locked up for the last time. One was the famous framed mirror of my GHOSTS word story and a 5 foot wide plate of glass that had fit in a window separating the kitchen area from the small jukebox dance and game room.
A couple of days after leaving the ice cream stand, my sister and I were jumping up and down on some mattresses that were stored in an extra room at our house. I can remember how LUCKY I felt to have this homemade trampoline at my disposal.
That is, until we heard the horrendous cracking sound…
Apparently my mother thought storing that plate glass between two thick mattresses would ensure nothing would happen to it.
She didn't factor in my notorious bad LUCK.
I guess you could say I was actually LUCKY that day though.
No one got hurt and I actually got to walk away from that “adventure” with my backside still intact!
LUCK is a tricky thing, my #DCSPeeps. Some people like my son seem to have the good kind in abundance. And then there are others, like myself, that have nothing but the frustratingly annoying kind that seems to test one’s patience every day.
But being the eternal optimist, I’d like to think we have a hand in determining our own LUCK, so why not wake up each morning with the idea that Lady LUCK is on YOUR side? I can think of many ways I can count myself LUCKY...
1. I have a skill for storytelling and continue to strengthen that skill every day.
2. I have people I count as dear friends who support my writing dreams.
3. I have seen my stories published in the past and God willing, will do so again in the future.
4. I have many stories running around in my head...though not always enough time in the day to write them down.
5. I feel the love and support of this wonderful writing community and I'm truly blessed to be able to count myself a part of it!
I hope you have an AWESOME day today, my DCSPeeps, because you deserve it!
Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse