First I'd like to welcome my partner in blogging, Jeannie Steinman, a new Heartwarming author. Welcome Jeannie. We look forward to your blogs.
Writing a blog this month has proved to be a challenge. I always wonder if what I write will be interesting to anyone else, and I especially worry about that right now. Let me explain:
I live about ten miles from Stoneman Douglas High School. I used to be a high school English teacher. I worked closely with my students. I was student council advisor and practically a permanent chaperone for everything that went on at the school. So what happened on Valentine’s Day two weeks ago was more than a national tragedy. It felt like a personal one.
My usual advice of “shake it off” hasn’t worked this time. I’m glued to the television watching unbearable grief and unequalled inspiration. The students of Stoneman Douglas have shown themselves to be bright, articulate and civic minded. I wish them well in their quest for justice.
But what about me? What can I do to look forward, to have hope, to forget the pain of the last two weeks? We all are faced with this problem at some time in our lives.What gives us hope?
Okay, here’s my simple solution, one that I hope will work for me. Anyone who knows me, knows I love the High Country of North Carolina. My current Heartwarming trilogy (the first , HIGH COUNTRY COP, was released this month) is set in this beautiful, comforting place.
I have been going here during the summers for several years. This past summer I decided to make my six month stay more permanent, and so I bought a little place in the mountains. When I say “little” I mean LITTLE. I bought a “destination camper” thirty-eight feet long, with a large wooden deck on the outside. It’s just perfect for me and my little Malti-poo, Willie.
I haven’t yet slept a night in my new place. When Hurricane Irma hit Florida last summer, my family escaped to the mountains and some of them stayed in my camper. I was happy to have them there. And then my time was up, and I had to come home to Florida. I can’t wait to get back to my sunny space, my happy place.
I hope each of you have a happy place, some where or some thing that gives you hope and diverts your mind from the troubles of the day. Maybe it’s a camper, maybe it’s a park, maybe it’s a book. We all need something.
Here are some pictures of the place I can’t wait to see again.
And please check out the Heartwarming books this month. I guarantee your heart will feel better
Cynthia you surely do need that camper getaway after what’s been a heartbreaking month for all. My place for rejuvenation, inspiration and just plain chilling is Garden Island, where we rent a cottage year round. As you say, we must never give up hope for better days. Congrats on your new release!ReplyDelete
You are year round in your happy place? I am so jealous!Delete
My heart goes out to you, Cynthia. May you find your peace in your little place. Best!ReplyDelete
Sending hugs to you, Cynthia. My happy places are Scottsdale (in the winter) and Watercolor on the Florida Gulf Coast. I'm always so relaxed in either spot.ReplyDelete
Two good choices, Leigh!Delete
Our hearts are with the people of Florida. The students are inspiring.ReplyDelete
Having lived in NC, I know how beautiful it is--and your place looks wonderful. I can't even find words to say how proud I am of the young people at the high school--another generation is now finding its voice in the midst of incredible tragedy and grief. And congratulations on your release.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Virginia. If you've lived in NC, then you know...IMO, you are one of the lucky ones.Delete
I'm working on a story with a teacher survivor of a school shooting - it seems like such a traumatic thing to deal with. This started months ago, so I'm not being too ghoulish I hope. Hearing how this is affecting you from a slight distance does make that resonate.ReplyDelete
My happy place is a 38 ft Beneteau. However, living in Canada means it's currently not in the water - not for another 58 days.
What a great getaway happy place. Good luck with your story.Delete
Cindy, I hope you have some peace in your mountain cabin. It's not only tragic, it's senseless. It needs to stop. I love those kids who are, like Cindy said, brave and articulate. They are our future leaders. If I have any support to give, they have it.ReplyDelete
I agree Roz. Those kids are making a difference.ReplyDelete
It's interesting how they're making things happen, when this has been an issue for so long. Like the #metoo movement. The issue simmers, then something sparks it and suddenly, there's a boil.Delete
I enjoyed the story, Cynthia, and my virtual visit to the High Country. I can see why it's your happy place.ReplyDelete