The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. ~ a common idiom
Now into its sixth year, the churchlady blog keeps on rolling! It must be pretty apparent by now that I enjoy writing, and I am grateful to have been raised up in a home that valued such a skill. This blog serves as a weekly journal of sorts for me, and provides a way to impart motherly wisdom to my daughter, Shannon, who is a regular reader.
My mom wrote many letters over several decades that served as a journal of our growing up years, and thankfully, she kept carbon copies of them, which are such a treasure for all us kids. She admits that she typed the letters because her handwriting wasn’t all that great, and by using carbon paper, she could re-read what she wrote to her family and friends, so as not to repeat things.
It was a red letter day (ha) when my dad gave her an electric typewriter for Christmas! You can read in her letters about how excited she was, especially after sister Camille somehow damaged the letter “e” on her old manual typewriter. It’s pretty difficult to type without using the most common letter of the alphabet.
Writing on a computer is much easier, especially when drafting pieces; the backspace and delete keys sure beat using white out or worse, ripping out the page and starting all over!
Interestingly, I recently discovered that my sister Mary keeps a handwritten journal, which she shared with me the other day. I admired her work, especially so because it was done in freehand with a strong and neat penmanship and few if any cross outs or white outs. How does she do that? I was impressed.
Another writing outlet has come to me through our church. For over a decade now, I’ve done writing for its Fine Arts Ministry to promote its programs and events. It has been a labor of love, especially because our family has been extra blessed by Shannon’s participation in the choirs there, which has given her a lifelong love of sacred choral music and worship.
As an Art History major, I especially enjoy writing about pieces in our church’s permanent collection and visiting artists in our gallery. For some reason, I like to think I’m using my degree for something!
During Shannon’s college days at Bard, the church actually paid me to write contract pieces and post them to its website. She would watch me work at home or from wherever I was; have computer will travel! It is a job that you can do no matter where you live.
Has my writing “career” influenced Shannon? Maybe so! She is an excellent writer, and has been trying to establish herself as a free lance writer/editor while her husband is in law school in a small town with few job opportunities. Because I know that this career would be perfect for her, I support her dreams and aspirations, and appreciate that she has been working hard to make them a reality.
And so it has come to pass! She landed one client there in Lexington, writing blog pieces for an art gallery. Next came a contract position with my college (formerly Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, now Randolph College in Lynchburg). She’ll be interviewing alumnae for the development office and writing feature pieces for their website.
I am so proud of her! I hope this is just the beginning of a successful writing career, doing what she enjoys and continuing in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother and aunt. Congratulations, Shannon!