Yesterday, I celebrated father’s day by visiting my dad. The same dad that, when I decided with less than 2 days notice, already had a room booked for Balticon and was thrilled to have me come so he could introduce me to his writer friends.
Yesterday, I got home and picked up the book on writing, bird by bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott that I’m halfway through re-reading. My late step-dad gave it to me years ago when I was little and living at home because I’d always wanted to be a writer. It’s still a highly recommended book on writing 20 years later. He inscribed it:
To: Morgan on Her Birthday
Following a dream takes work. Work and the dream will follow.
I know how very fortunate I have been to have had such supportive and encouraging fathers. I’m thankful for all their support and encouragement.
Not everyone has a father. Not everyone has a good relationship with their father. For those of you without, I hope your family now- birth family, made family, or found family loves and cherishes and pushes you to grow.
I hope all of you find people who will support your dreams and help you do the work to make them a reality.