Which childhood names dug into your skin and left lasting marks?
My dad and I were talking the other day and for him, it’s Chatterbox. My husband was told his ‘eyes were bigger than his stomach’ by his mom and it hurt to the quick. His dad called him a ‘drip’ and that REALLY stung. My grandpa called me a worry wart and I still feel the little piercing in my heart when I think of that.
All of us have laughed off those names dozens of times, but it’s still something we remember vividly. I know I remember Worry Wart even though I was maybe five years old, at the most, when it was said.
Even if we don’t mean to hurt, our words can sometimes take on a mind of their own. There is nothing more frustrating than being misunderstood. I always hope that people will assume the best and not the worst of me, but that’s just not always going to be the case. I’m reminded to take care with what I say and hope that my true intention is what is heard. At least, I try. The rest sometimes just has to be proven.
I relive the day by the water. All the things he said—I thought I would cherish them forever, but now they feel like boils on my skin, oozing with the knowledge that he can walk away from me.
~In the Fields by Willow Aster
It’s been a year since I published True
Love Story. In some ways, I can’t believe it’s been that long, and in others, it feels like an eternity. My life has changed so much, but probably the biggest change has been that I’ve finally allowed myself to be a writer. I’ve written my whole life, but even for the first few months after I released TLS, when someone would ask what I ‘do’, I didn’t say writer.
It’s just been one of those things I’ve kept tucked away.
Writing has always been a luxury. I’ve done it in the cracks and spaces that weren’t already filled up. When I got too desperate, I’d let one of my many ‘jobs’ go, so I could get some pent-up frustration out by writing. But it was never what I let myself do first.
A year later, it is. And I couldn’t be happier about that.
Thank you so much for reading my books! I’m celebrating by putting TLS on sale today. XO