June fifth, another cloudy day in Iowa. Our state is failing us . . . you can see it in people’s eyes at the grocery store. Some farmers haven’t even had the chance to get their crops planted, when perky rows of corn and soybeans ought to be lining the fields.
Everyone’s grateful for no ravaging tornadoes, yet the gloom that we expected to leave in April . . . then in May, still hangs on. Of course, we keep planting flowers around the yard.
But this parade of weepy days gets to folks after a while. This morning, it got to me as I considered one of my plantings.
This is supposed to be a daisy. It IS a daisy . . . you can see the little greyish circles? Well, those are daisies poised to bloom. The trouble is, they’ve been poised to bloom for over a week. They just need a little sunshine. (Heaven knows, they’ve had plenty of rain!)
So I bumbled around this morning, trying not to let discouragement seep into my spirit, but when you’ve been poised for something for a long, long time, it’s tough not to feel just a little down in the dumps.
See, there’s another pot w/a daisy in glorious full bloom–has been for over a week. The two plants, purchased the same day, are supposed to be matching drops of yellow in our front yard. I’m not exactly comparing them, but . . .
Anyway, all this reminded me of how it is when we’re poised for publication. Over the past few years, I’ve met so many in that position, poised, ready for “the call,” and just as many on the other side.
Whatever their stories, it’s encouraging to hear them. They cheer us on, tell us not to give up, remind us to keep on keepin’ on.
If flowers could talk, I wonder what my yellow daisies are saying to the poised ones just down the way this morning?
And you? Any thoughts to share on your journey into full bloom?
Nice job!. Yes poised is a good way to express it.
Yes, poised. Such a nice word for that other “four-letter” word – wait. I must remember to consider being more poised rather than impatient!
Ah yes….waiting. Don’t we LOVE IT? Thanks for commenting, Davalynn.
Gail, your post and the pix of your beautiful flowers cheered me. Thanks.
Thanks for visiting, June….haven’t heard how your writing’s coming lately?
While I wait, I’m working on a cook book. The back page will carry an ad for all my other books (found at Amazon.com under “Sally Jadlow.) Be encouraged. The sun WILL come!
Thanks for visiting, Sally. I just got word that my memoir is being sent to me tomorrow for corrections b/4 publication, so that should keep me busy for a while –like your cookbook.
Thanks for the word on Cec. I’ve never heard/met him. Will have to think about that.
BTW, Cec Murphy will be here in Kansas City Aug. 17th at Heart of America Christian Writers for one day. More details on HACWN.org.
Very encouraging article, Gail. Given enough time those little plants will bloom. Perseverance is a necessary quality for writers, I find.
Isn’t that the truth?!?!? And then a friend called me this a.m. to point out an error in this blog – bless her! That’s what it’s all about, REWRITING!!!
Thanks for visiting, Christine.
Beautiful green compared to Arizona. A gentle nudge.
Nice to see your photo- we’ve been out to the Tetons for a week. Thanks so much for visiting…and for your help!
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