Donnie and I spent a wonderful afternoon with our family at Grand #4’s birthday party. When she gets to school on Monday, her teachers and friends who didn’t attend the party will ask what she got. Emily will shrug and say simply, “rocks.” She got bags of rocks, boxes of rocks, a tackle box filled with rocks, jewelry with rocks, books about rocks, and a rock tumbler complete with rocks. Even the cake looked like the Earth’s mantle complete with—you guessed it—candy rocks. (She is the second of my grandchildren to become fascinated with rocks.) Yep, we had a rockin’ good time because Emily rocks!
A few hours later Donnie and I went to the Tulsa WriMo TGIO party. TGIO means Thank God It’s Over. I’m having trouble with that—the thankful part–and am having serious trouble with withdrawal. I was having such joy. No, more than joy, down right jubilation. Then December came and everyone went home. The forums went dead. NaNoMail went silent. There will be no write-in on Monday. My novel is finished. But I still want to play. I have to accept that it is over. But I refuse to be thankful that it is. God understands this and does not hold it against me.
I am, however, exceedingly grateful for having had the opportunity to NaNo. It was the most fun I’d had in a very long time. I made so many new, wonderful, interesting, and intelligent friends. I learned a great deal about writing, and I’ve gained the discipline to write every day. How could I not be grateful for such blessing?
This coming week we’ll be preparing for our Chanukah party next Saturday. “Oh, she’s Jewish!” you may be saying. But you’d be wrong. Chanukah is thought of as a Jewish holiday, but really, it is universal. Among the many lessons it teaches is that whenever we have done all we can, God will finish the job. But He won’t start until we’re done. Anyone who’d like to know more about why non-Jews celebrate Chanukah can go to http://www.okbns.org/Free.html to download A Non-Jew’s Guide to Celebrating Chanukah. (scroll way down the page) Thousands of people in sixty-nine countries have downloaded it already, so the idea must be catching on. Does this offend Jews? Nope. They download it to send to their non-Jewish friends.
That’s all I’m going to say on this subject. I didn’t start this blog to discuss my beliefs, or lack there of. However, if you are in my area and want to come to the party, you are most welcome. We’ll have the Hug in a Mug waiting.