It all started as a series. Can you relate? Depending on you age you might remember Carolyn Haywood’s books. The first was probably read aloud in my second grade classroom, B is for Betsy, was a book that I could relate to. She was an average little girl doing average little things in an average little town with average little friends…some kind, and some not. She had a little sister named Star (I loved that name).
I never wanted that series to end.
As I grew there were more series, weighty series, like the Lennon Sisters, Trixie Belden and an occasional Nancy Drew (started reading because of her name). I thought the plots were always too similar, so I quit after 10. I think I read up to 10 because I always had my best friend Diane, reading alongside of me. We spend lazy summer days parallel reading and sharing. We graduated eventually to finding and trying new authors, Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney during our ‘gothic romance mystery’ phase.
We never wanted the books to end.
When we challenged each other to Gone with the Wind, our longest book, in High School. It was a pile of paper at 1,037 pages. Both of us were extremely irritated that Rhett and Scarlet didn’t make it as a couple. We would have read another 1,037 pages if we could make sure that it would happen.
We didn’t want to stop turning the page.
The title of my ‘new blog’ is where I am these days. I want to continue to build the story of my life. I want the end of my teaching life, just to be an end of a chapter and for my life to continue to have meaning and purpose. This ‘Part 2’ will have references, to the earlier parts of my book, but right now, I am just beginning again…I find myself in discovery mode as I navigate the world of being a parent and grandparent from a distance, tread the swirling dark waters of caring for my aging much-loved parents, deciding how I can substitute teach when …really what the system seems to want is a babysitter for a day or so. Or the bigger question is… do I even want to be that sitter, never having loved babysitting. Will my graduate students find me credible, if I’m not in the day-to-day trenches? There are many questions, but there is one question that really has been answered….
God loves me and he wants to walk with me every single day, through my story. He loves being on the journey with me, and although I will never be perfect on this side of heaven, it is my greatest desire to grow closer and closer to the person who created me. I want to glorify him in all that I say and do. I will work out my life and faith in words on this blog.
I hope you will continue to turn the page with me each week. love nanc xo