We’ve all heard that cliche. And usually it refers to something bad. Not today. Okay, I admit it, I did receive another letter from an agent who said she would take a pass on Tattered Butterfly Wings, but I don’t care. So much other positive stuff happened today.
For starters, one of my students wrote an essay about believing in herself and what it means to follow one’s dreams. And in that essay, she mentioned me. She gave me much more praise than I feel I deserve, but I am definitely happy to know that she feels inspired by me. I’ve mentioned her before in this spot, Raven King, the student who also inspired me. She’s served as muse for a couple of my poems before.
Another thing that left me feeling wonderful: one of my former students came up to visit me. She was reading my poems and was pointing out her favorite poems. Outside of being absolutely overjoyed to see her, I felt wonderful knowing that she was able to relate to or enjoy my poems.
Another great thing: One of my drama club students who purchased the book last week stopped by to tell me that she has enjoyed reading Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood. She said the poems are thought-provoking and force you to think about things in a different way. She especially liked the haikus. Yay me!
Yes, it poured down today because I have yet another good thing. So, I sometimes have students who sneak and read outside materials while we are reading a story or article in class. One of my students was obviously reading something on her Kindle. I tiptoed over to see what had distracted her and looked down at one of the poems from my book, Skinny Dipping in the Pool of Womanhood. I was a bad teacher, at this point. Instead of telling her to put that away until later, I asked her what her favorite poem was. She said she’s enjoying them all. That she would be so engrossed in my poetry, affected me in ways that left this writer speechless. To top it off: she asked when Tattered Butterfly Wings would be out because she can’t wait to read it.
Yes, indeedy, when it rains it does pour. And, happily, today I was caught in a thunderstorm of positively wonderful experiences. I’m so glad I went out without my umbrella and rain galoshes today because I was swept away in a rainstorm of such a magnitude that it left me breathless with giddiness and warm feelings.
Here’s to hoping that this is just the beginning!
Peace & Love,