When The Writing Gets Tough, The
Writer Goes Shopping
I tried to write a column to you from the
lake via a remote digital recorder that then plugs into my
computer and which I can download into text. Unfortunately,
my "text" was unrecognizable laughter accompanied
with sounds of wind and water. So basically my idea of writing
you with me sitting in the water pretty much flew out the
window. Instead, Herman and I took a long sail, two hours
to be exact, and Im making myself write this to you
the following morning before I get outside to the lake.
Might I also add that I have not had breakfast,
but I have my swimsuit on! But Im afraid my eggs are
calling me, so Ill come back to you after the sun sets!
So that idea pretty much never happened because I was
too tired after the sun did set. Then the following week the
weather was beautiful everyday, so I am writing to you now
a full week later.
But do you find, as I do, that life has a
way of throwing you so many curveballs where all great plans
get interrupted? I'm not simply talking about writing a column,
I'm talking about, for instance a morning where you decide
to pay some bills. Simple enough, right? Then you start to
pay them, realized you don't have quite enough money, decide
to wait until more money comes in. But you dont want
to make your plan a total waste, so you instead decide to
sort through the mountain of mail that has been sitting there
for a week. First you decide to get rid of all those catalogs
that seemed to come in the mail every day.
Now comes a bigger problem. You find something
you must have. You find two things, maybe even three. It suddenly
turns into not going through the mail, but shopping! And you
have credit cards and you promise yourself that you won't
go crazy and just get a few things. After all, you'll be getting
paid again, each week, so there will be plenty enough money
to do everything, including paying bills. You feel totally
consoled at this moment, so much so that you reach in your
bag to retrieve your credit card. You breathe a contented
sigh of relief. Life is good. Shopping can resume, bills can
You feel stronger somehow as you move the
pile of bills to one side and begin to earnestly shop through
all those catalogs that you found so irritating just moments
ago. And this is how I went from writing to you in the lake
to having a major shopping trip and to now writing to you.
A somewhat complicated journey but I got here!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"