Like discovering hidden treasures in Grandmas attic, after meeting Marguerite, 80+ years old from the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, I knew there was a special talent; something carefully boxed away that had not been shared with many. And somehow our connection would be unique from others.
We shared similarities in our struggles through life and I offered comfort to soothe the trembling edges of losing her daughter to cancer years ago. Just another female, about her daughters age; someone who understood and enjoyed Marguerite's raw, cynical sense of humor. We had also experienced the trials and tribulations of raising a son; both generations apart, but still growing in their own delicate way.
However, one day after visiting her, she whispered that we really were kindred sisters. After returning from her bedroom, she displayed two manila folders filled with one personal essay after another. She had been a writer since her childhood. Ultimately, a very good one by her published comments in a column with Bob Greene. A teachers letter also described her as being on the brink of professionalism.
After reading an essay that described her tumultuous childhood, living with alcoholic parents titled Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep recently written, there was no question in this writers mind how gifted. She, too, found the time just slipping away when she is writing her skilled stories, caring deeply for the picture in words that she paints.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, a columnist first, found that her tips on marriage, housekeeping and country life just wasn't enough so she wrote her biography at 65 better known as Little House On The Prairie. At 88, Grandma Moses was named "Young Women of the Year" for her exquisite American folk art; both women favorite artists who have been my inspiration. There seems to be another young lady who offers her own sense of spirit.
As Grandma Moses turned to painting as a way to give a thank you gift to the postman because it was better than baking a cake, I have turned to honor, one woman, one writer to another with my simple words of thank you.
You have no idea how your talent can bless others.