Every now and then I look down at my clothes and for one quick second I am incredulous. I did not grow up in a wealthy family. Straight-down-the-middle middle class. My sister and I were the same size. Once a year we could go clothes shopping and we had to agree on how to spend our fairly meager clothing allowance because we would be sharing everything. Fortunately for me, my sister's interest in style was brief. Mine however - sorry, dear husband! - has been life long. Our money went further at shopping centers than shopping malls. Name brands did not often fit into the equation which was fine. My parents worked very, very hard. We never wanted for anything. Education was everything.
All that I am, I credit to this school of thought and way of life. My gratitude and respect for my parents knows no bounds.
Still, I love style. I love clothing, jewelry (not gems, but handcrafted, artistic pieces), and natural cosmetics. When I look down at my ensembles now and I see a top from Urban Outfitters and shorts from Banana Republic (plus flip flops from Target, lip gloss from Walmart - it's not all glorious. Too much glory would nauseate me. I still have my roots.), I shake my head. How did I get here? How did I get so lucky? (The real answer is education and excellent parenting, but I digress...)
I had that moment yesterday professionally.
I found myself emailing back and forth with a many-time NYT bestselling author, complete with inside jokes and emoticons. She wants to connect me with another superstar in the writing world. There was a text on my phone from another guy, a prize-winning author. And Isabel Allende - Isabel Allende! - and I are working with the same literary magazine. Not to mention, seeking advice from an old friend - the incomparable Michelle Gable - whom I've known since before either of us were writers and now her novel is upcoming from St. Martin's Press. She is not a contact. She is my friend. But how lucky am I that she can be a contact too - by that I mean, share advice? Am I awake? How did I get here? (The real answer is education and excellent parenting, but I digress...)
You should give it a try. Take inventory of your life. I guarantee that there are parts of it that will make you incredulous.
I hope you are well. Thank you so so much for all the shares and feedback. You are wonderful. Everyday you make me grateful.