on my birthday, i received from my son joseph (facebook friend 61) a somewhat mystifying series of packages. two maps, one of the world and another of the united states. and a package of pushpins. the accompanying note made the usual references to candles, wishes, years, many more, etc. and then “you know what to do with this”. . . which i thought i did. i unrolled both maps, took out the datebooks from 2011 and from this year.
sometimes people who are solitary, shy, housebound for whatever reason can use facebook and other social networking sites to keep in touch with their friends and family. in my case, i used facebook as a substitute for being with my friends and family.
i finished with the pushpins and asked joseph what he meant. he said “you need to write a book about this and you need to do it now.” i said yes, i will. i’d like to. he said, “no, mom, i am serious. you need to get started.” i said yes, i will. he said, “i mean it, stop traveling for a bit and write this.” i said i’m worried about whether i can find a publisher. he said “you need to just stop thinking and worrying and just do it.” i asked where did you learn to nag like this? and he said “from you, of course.”
the best way to make a resolution to do something is to tell your friends and family and ask them to make you accountable. whether it’s losing weight, stopping the love affair with the nicotine sticks or the bottle, or meeting every facebook friend. so i am asking you–will you help make me accountable?
July 26th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
Go for it! I can help with the proposal. 🙂
July 26th, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Look at the entries from your blog….you have already begun. I think you would be surprised how much you already have right here at your fingertips! Go for it! I so agree with your son!!!
July 26th, 2012 at 2:08 pm
What a great suggestion – declare yourself and so you have to be accountable. We’ll be waiting with baited breath for news of your progress.
July 26th, 2012 at 2:26 pm
I’m glad you made the leap before I suggested it– but I still hope to meet you!
July 26th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
A book is an excellent idea!! I think u should’ve started it since ur first trip but its never too late!! go for it!
July 26th, 2012 at 4:52 pm
Joseph is right, you have a potential to be a good writer. Just rest the thought of having trouble on finding a publisher, just write and see how it goes.
July 26th, 2012 at 6:17 pm
I’ve been nudging about getting you writing for a while now. Does this mean I have carte blanche to ramp up to serious nagging?
July 27th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
nag away! i welcome nagging.
July 26th, 2012 at 11:30 pm
um… I’ve already had the pleasure of reading two chapters to a book. How about a chapter 3. 🙂
July 27th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
i am working on it! i now have an outline and tomorrow i am going to review those two chapters. i may have to start over. i was working with o.j. — you met him at the party. but he has disappeared. joseph’s point is that i need to do this one NOW.