Writing my happy friday posts is always a way to remind myself that even if I thought the week sucked, there were still moments to make me smile. Last week, I scheduled my post and it went up before the tragedy in Connecticut.
On that day, I came home and cried my eyes out. I also teared up every time the story came on TV. Thinking about the lives lost, the little children, the teachers, the families, the community broke my heart.
Jess explained in her reading wrap-up of the week: I’ll be enjoying the holiday season, but I have a hunch the children and teachers of Sandy Hook won’t be far from my mind during any of it.
And I think that´s what´s important: remembering, keeping them in our mind and heart, and thinking of all the ways to prevent such a tragedy to happen yet again.
My dad told me once, after an event that still brings tears to my eyes. “Life goes on, we don´t think it will but it does.” That accompanied me for a long time. It doesn´t prevent the pain, or the tears. It doesn´t prevent any of this, but the memories stay, and what we do with them is important. Everybody grieves in different manners, there are no right or wrong ways to do this.
And despite the overwhelming sadness I still feel for a lot of different things, including Newtown, I did smile, and laughed this week.
Life did go on.
That doesn´t mean I forget. Hug your loved one a bit closer, tell them you love them. Every moment counts.
Here´s my round-up of what made me smile this week.
Going to the Christmas Market with the hubby
Warm spicy wine, waffle, walking around the little houses…and simply spending time with my husband.
My new tree ornament
Do you see how cute this ornament is? Well it´s not only beautiful, it´s perfect to represent my novel ONE TWO THREE. Thanks again, Jess for this wonderful gift! It´s really so thoughtful, and brings a smile to my face every single time I look at it. I´m very lucky, indeed!
I passed 5k on my new WiP! And I love my characters, and the story is unfolding in my mind quite nicely…Exciting. Plus getting back to writing is definitely fun!
A friend receiving good news!
In case you missed it, she is one of the winners of the On-The-Verge Emerging voices award!!!! Her story is awesome…and I was lucky enough to read it. And Alex is made of wins! She´s really sweet and talented and fun. So, if you´re going to the SCBWI NY conference, and if you see her, make sure you go and congratulate her 😀 Oh, and on her blog, she reminds us of something important, take chances! I love the quote she uses from Eleanor Roosevelt “Do one thing every day that scares you.“
A new blog to follow and enjoy…
Another of my lovely Litreactor classmate just started her blog. Come on, you know you want to check it out 😀
It was lots of fun! Thanks again….oh and my TBR now has more than 230 books in it 😛
Now, please tell me what made you smile or laugh this week?