Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gratitude for the Journey

It's probably the arctic freeze that many of us in North America are currently under, or maybe it's my, em, age, but whatever the reason, I've been thinking back and appreciating how each step of life got me to today. My journey as a writer started when I learned to read. I was five and the excitement that made my belly flip when I realized I was reading whole sentences is the same enthusiasm I have when I read a new author I enjoy. Or when I figure out a tough plot point for my Work-In-Progress, affectionately called the WIP. My desire to serve my country grew into a passion to attend the Naval Academy, which led to nine years of service after graduation. And I met my husband at school, which has led to, um, almost 3 decades of marriage (they let us into the Academy at a much younger age back then).
My husband decided to stay in the Navy and we moved, frequently. I fretted over how in the world I was going to keep a writing career going and growing while doing this, but here I am today, going over my fifth (published) novel for one last time before it goes to print, working on the sixth, and wondering what story I'll write for a June online read.
None of it happened overnight, nor will any future success, measured in loving family ties, fun, or career highs and lows. It's a one-moment-at-a-time deal. One word at a time. One breath at a time.
Yesterday I shared on my Facebook page to friends and family one of the moments that has stayed with me and that I cherish--dear husband coming back safely and wholly from a long deployment at the end of 2001. As you can see my kids were little ones back then, but their joy and and love at seeing Dad again remains very adult and palpable.
Take time to enjoy your own moment today.

13 comments:

kris said...

Geri, that gorgeous photo is an amazing moment in and of itself. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kris - great photo.

I'm glad your dh came home safely too.

MarcieR

Kristina Mathews said...

Geri- I love that picture. So sweet.

I won a copy of NAVY RULES and just started reading it. I'm enjoying it so far.

Last night my 10 year old cuddled with me before bed. That's a moment that will be over way too soon.

Rogenna Brewer said...

Loved, those moments, Geri...ah, ma'am ;)

Someday I'll tell you how stupid I was coming out of a top 10 JROTC program with guaranteed placement in a military academy, only to be to girly and afraid to be part of that first class of women.

But I did enjoy the hell out of being enlisted :)

Kaelee said...

Lovely moment! Thanks for sharing it.

Snookie said...

I loved Navy Rules :) read it as soon as I received the copy I won! Mahalo nui Geri :) That is a great picture of a precious moment.

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks, Kris. I'm sure someone else took the photo as I was crying with joy. Marcie, every time he came home I let out a big sigh of relief. It was so scary, and I feel for the military families who live with this everyday. Kristina, hug that little 10 yr old! It goes too quickly. Rogenna, my, my that's a story I want to hear about! You rocked serving your country, either way. Kaelee, you're welcome. I wasn't sure if I should share it, it can be emotional to look at. Snookie, I'm so glad you enjoyed NAVY RULES. The first of what I hope will be many military family romances.

Beth Andrews said...

Thanks for sharing such a great moment, Geri! What a fabulous photo :-)

With this being my older daughter's senior year of high school I'm enjoying every moment I can with her *g*

Linda Henderson said...

That is a beautiful moment and well worth celebrating again. My family has a crisis going on right now and it's very hard to find the joy in anything right now. I'm hoping this situation will be resolved soon so we can celebrate together as a family. Just a few days before this situation came up my daughters and I were talking about things they did when they were small and comparing them to their children and we had some good laughs talking about how their antics as children seem to be repeating in their children. We always tell them that will happen but they never believe us. I have great daughters and I'm very fortunate to have them and my grandkids. So today I'm going to try and forget for a while that some things look dire and remember the joy of the children.

Cathryn Parry said...

Geri, what a beautiful post! And that photo says a lot! Thank you to your family, for their service!

Kaelee said...

Hi Geri,

Just thought I'd stop by and tell you that I just finished "Navy Rules". I really enjoyed the book. The scene you described towards the end of the book meant a lot more to me after seeing your emotion filled photograph here. I just loved all your characters including Sam. I'm looking forward to reading more Whidbey Island stories.

flchen1 said...

Ah, thank you to you and your family, Geri! I chickened out of applying to the Naval Academy, but the older brother of one of my best friends did go. What a blessing!

Ava Quinn said...

Beautiful post, Geri. Thank you for sharing that picture!

I love that you always share with us at CPRW. You have a very generous spirit!

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