Friday, May 3, 2013

May Day Reflections

May Day was a big day at the Garth household.

First thing in the morning, I heard some very nice things about the book I just finished which put me in a spin-around-the-kitchen mood.

It was breakfast time and the novelty of me acting more giddy than my children wore off fast.

"Good job, Mom. I'm proud of you," said my daughter. She gave me a hug before turning conversation back to really important her Maypole Dance that was to be performed that evening.

My son also had important business that needed attention. He had a baseball game that night and also wanted to describe, via ten minute monologue, the costume he'll be wearing in the second grade play. He's a pilot. He gets to talk a lot. I think the casting people knew what they were doing!

Breakfast set the framework for the rest of my day. Me, floating up in my giddy clouds. The book's not garbage. Other people like it as much as I do. Joy. JOY. JOY.

And being pulled back down like a helium balloon owned by my children. "Mom, where's my mitt?" "Mom, watch while I twirl my skirt." "Mom, make sure you bring the video camera!" "Mom, when are Grandma and Grandpa coming?"

After the Maypole dance performance my daughter and I sat on my bed together and I listened to her talk. She wanted to know my favorite parts. "Was it the Grande Ronde or did you like our peel off? What about our weave? Did you notice a difference between the first weave and the second?"

After I'd been educated about the difference between white and red ribbon holders and odd and even dancers," she leaned back on the bed, sighed, and said, "It was a really good day!"

"Yes," I said. "It really was."

She looked at me like she was surprised. "Oh yeah, your book. That's good news too."

And that's when I remembered two things. One, perspective is everything.

And two, without real life inspiration; the Maypole, the baseball mitts, the sad disappointments, momentary triumphs and the end of the day spent rehashing it all, I would never have anything to write about.

It's one of those writing/life truths that sometimes slips away from me. By writing it down I'm hoping to keep better track of it.

Oh, and Child #2 wanted me to inform the readers of this blog he had two good hits and a moonball (which means pop fly, I think??)

Like I said, it was a really good day!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have kids - you will never run out of writing material.
Cool your daughter got to do the maypole.
And the news about your book - awesome!!

Shell Flower said...

Yay that people are loving your book. It's a great high. Your kids are adorable. Very sweet that your daughter remembered about your book, even though she had so much to think about :)

Rachel Shields said...

I loved hearing all the talk about "using the pole" in the car today. :-)

jaybird said...

Great news about your book! Just getting a kind comment about my writing from another blogger makes my day, so I can only imagine how proud you feel about your book!

I didn't realize May Pole celebrations were still alive and well; I thought they were a thing of the past. How wonderful for your daughter to be able to participate in something like that!!

Have a great weekend.

Julie Flanders said...

Awesome that you are getting great feedback on the new book. :)
The maypole looks like fun!

Author Leanne Dyck said...

Ah, yes, all in the eye of the beholder.
The pictures of your daughter's maypole dance, reminds me of mine. We --on sunny Mayne Island--celebrate the month of May on the Queen's birthday (May 18th). We are led to the May Pole by the Green Man and the May Queen. Adult women spin around the may pole, almost colliding into each other. Yes, we are far less organized than your daughter. But we may have just has much fun.
It's all in the eye of the beholder...

Joanne Noragon said...

A real May Day dance. I'm in awe. It sounds like a square dance; I did a lot of that as a kid.

Johanna Garth said...

Alex, true, there's a lot of good material there.

Shell, it is a great high!

Rach, she kept asking if I knew all the things she could do with a pole? It was hard not to laugh.

Jaybird, I think her school is one of the last to do this kind of thing.

Julie, it was very sweet :)

Leanne, who needs organization? That sounds like so much fun!!

Joanne, there were a lot of similarities to square dancing.

Diana Wilder said...

Very glad - and thrilled about the moonball, too!

Anonymous said...

Real life inspiration is the best, mos def. In my stories, it gets a little twisted, but it's still there. Great post!

Chuck said...

Great job with the book!! Sounds like your kids enjoyed the beginning of May as much as you did.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

When I was in my twenties, I thought I didn't want to have children. But now that I'm in my thirties, I realize that I do. And reading your posts about your children makes me look forward to having my own family.

And congratulations on your book!