Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Deadlines, Dandelions and Stories



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My deadline is staring me in the face. My book in progress needs to be off to the editor before Monday.  I suppose if publishing houses didn't set deadlines for writers, we might play with our stories and words forever and never get them out there for readers. So deadlines are good. 

Even before I had deadlines from editors, I set deadlines for myself. Except I didn't call them deadlines. I called them goals. The good news about the current deadline is I finally found those very necessary words, "the end." The bad news is they hid from me for so long I don't have as much time for editing as I'd like. But I'm scrubbing and polishing my story as fast at I can. 

The truth is, life intrudes on the best laid plans at times. But sometimes when that happens you get a surprise bouquet!

 So I've taken a break from trying to whip my book into shape before Monday to share a few more flower stories. I've loved reading your surprise bouquet stories. So many wonderful ones that I couldn't share them all. Many of you have left great comments on here with fun stories too. Thank you all so much. You make my contests so much fun. 

By far the most mentioned bouquets were those clutched in children's hands. Dandelions from the yard. Roses from a neighbor's yard. Broken heads of flowers picked without stems. But with love in every bouquet like this story from Lois.

"When my daughter was about 4 years old (now she is 40) she gave me a bunch of dandelions in a fruit jar for Mothers' Day and she was sooo very proud. They were the best flowers I have ever received." 

Pure love from a child to her mother. Love was in this bouquet Beth received from her daughter too.

"My 17 year old daughter surprised me this spring by picking a tiny bouquet of grape hyacinths and putting them in a small blue vase. Just for no reason." 

When I contacted Beth for permission to share the word image of her surprise bouquet, she added this about her daughter, Becca. "Just a proud Mama note I would like to share, Becca graduated this past Friday. She received 7 awards for her academics. The English, Latin, Science awards as well as valedictorian. What makes this remarkable - Becca is dyslexic and couldn’t read until 4th grade. This is what God can do with hard work and desire. Now you can’t get her to put books down." 

Don't you love proud Mamas and happy stories? 

The last story tonight (maybe a couple more flower stories Sunday) we hear from the other side of the bouquets. Mary Ann says, "I remember picking bouquets of purple and white violets and of daffodils for my family when I was little. That always felt incredibly special to me." Then she added, "Oh wait! Think on, my wonderful eight-year-old son occasionally brings me the decapitated heads of daffodils and grape hyacinths and roses from our garden now, as Lovely Bouquets. :D"

Flowers do have a way of making us happy!

The deadline for my book is not the only one approaching. A deadline is coming for my Small Town Girl Celebration Giveaway too. Only three more days to enter. Deadline for entries is midnight EST Saturday. So if you haven't thrown your name in the hat for the roses and books or entered the "never win" contest for the wind chimes, you'd better do it quick. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment here with a way to contact you should you be the winner. Oh, and if you are one of those "never win" people, be sure to tell me that too.

Thanks for reading. Now back to work polishing and trimming and... Monday's coming!

 

 

33 comments:

  1. Thanks Ann for sharing my story - Beth

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    1. So glad you forwarded it on to your daughter, Beth. I love proud mamas and daughters who make those mamas proud!

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  2. Aw, this reminds me of when my son was little and he used to come in the house and bring me flowers that he had found and picked.

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    1. Aren't those little bouquets the best ever, Loretta? Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Linda Dianne StoweJuly 12, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Hi ,just wanted to share a little about my children.I have 5 grown children,2 men and 3 women that I love dearly. As children we usually always lived out in the country somewhere.Most of the times in their own way and time ,they would bring me flowers,usually they were wild and smelled so bad but to them they looked pretty so of course as any loving mother,I acted as though they had given me roses.They would each do this at some point in their lives.I would have to either hold it until they were out of sight and a lot of times ,I might keep it for a while.My children were and still are sweet loving,giving children.I am so blessed to have my children.The thing is now I have grand-and great-grand children that do the same thing.I know everyone is proud of their children.We didn't have a lot of material but I had all I needed.My youngest son loved rocks and he would find a very shiney ,smooth rock and he would bring it to me and if i'm not mistaken ,I still have one.My middle daughter used to write me notes all the time telling me ,she love me ,did I love her,yes or no and i'd check the yes and that made her happy always.I've truly been blessed.

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    1. Such sweet memories, Linda. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Loving children are such a blessing and I'm sure you bless them back with your sweet love. Oh, and you wouldn't believe the rocks I have stuck around that the kids have carried in. I even used a bit about a pretty rock that one of my characters gave his mother in my book, Small Town Girl. :)

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  4. I love flowers and flower memories. I remember making daisy chains with my sister and picking flowers for my Mom. When my boys were little they delighted in bringing me flowers clutched in their chubby little fists slightly crushed and lacking a stem. I loved receiving each gift even if they didn't last very long. Precious memories. :D

    Please enter me in your contest, Thank you.

    winterrose (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. Thanks for sharing your flower story, Louise. I shared it on my FB page today because I loved the image your words brought up about the flowers clutched in "chubby little fists slightly crushed." :)

      Got you entered in the giveaway.

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  5. Having recently read Scent of Lilacs, and loving it, I can't wait to read Small Town Girl. I'd love to be entered in your book giveaway contest, Ann! Thanks for sharing!
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. So glad you enjoyed Scent of Lilacs, Nancee, and hope you'll enjoy Small Town Girl too if you get a chance to read it. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  6. Please enter me I love flowers and books. angelachesnut246@gmail.com my name is Angela

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    1. Got you entered, Angela. Thanks for taking part in my flower and book fun.

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  7. It's been many a year since my children brought me flowers or rocks. :) But I have fond memories! Thanks for your contests. Would love to win one of your books!
    Mary E
    mdegram218@centurylink.net

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    1. Fond memories, Mary, the best kind.

      I've got you entered in the contest. Thanks for joining in on my giveaway fun.

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  8. thanks for the letting me enter this contest and God Bless you ida davis email is houswife(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for entering the contest, Ida. And for your blessings. :) I appreciate your good thoughts.

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  9. Looking forward to reading your new book.I would love to win this contest,thanks for the chance.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. Good luck in the contest, Jackie. Hope you'll enjoy the story when you get a chance to read it.

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  10. I love the wind chimes, and collect crosses, I am looking forward to reading your new book. God bless you for having this contest

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    1. Thanks, Pam, for joining in on my giveaway fun. And I hope you'll enjoy Small Town Girl when you get a chance to read it. Got you entered in the contest.

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  11. I can remember picking dandelines as a child. My favorite to pick was the buttercup. Now my youngest son does it for me.
    I an looking forward to reading your book.
    Thank you for having this contest.
    CherylB1987@hotmail.com

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    1. Hi, Cheryl. Those dandelions have brought a lot of mommies smiles. I hope you'll enjoy Small Town Girl when you get a chance to read it. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  12. Thank you Ann for the wonderful opportunity to win a wonderful prize! I enjoy reading and am looking forward to reading your new book. P.S - thank you for your Friday smiles!! God Bless.
    Karri (kjablonski@email.davenport.edu)

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    1. Hi, Karri. What a pretty name! I love different sounding or written names. I'm glad you enjoy smiling with me on Fridays. I've got some good ones saved up for next week. :) So good to have you as a reading friends and I hope you'll like the new book.

      Got you entered in the contest.

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  13. Small Town Girl sounds enchanting. Please enter me: pdyer3 at cfl dot rr dot com. Thank you!!!

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    1. Got you entered, Pat. Thanks for joining in on the giveaway fun.

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  14. I have so mamy flower memories from when my children use to bring them in to me, I would always have to put them in water, even the weeds, and awww over them, that always put smiles on my childrens faces...Now, my grandaughter does the same as my children did..So cute :-)

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    1. I've so enjoyed hearing all of the wonderful flower memories, Kathy. A blooming weed is a flower to me! And aren't grandkids fun? I've got you entered in the contest.

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  15. Thank you so much for this contest. One of my memories is when I was walking outside and a male friend picked me a dandelion. I did not care...I was so touched by his impulsive and kind gesture. The other was when I left my home in Pgh to visit my dad out of town and he had a basket of flowers in the living room for my welcome but the basket was so huge like they have at funerals!
    I would so love to win this contest. Thanks for this opportunity! Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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    1. Your flower stories brought a smile to my face, Mary Lou. Not sure every girl would have been that happy getting a dandelion from a grownup. But good that it touched your heart. And your dad was trying. How sweet.

      Got you entered.

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  16. Hi Ann,. Where do I find the other comments? I think I entered with my flower story awhile, but would like to be sure. It was about receiving a bouquet of Violets in the mail, and receiving a real Lei from Hawaii. I just don't want to miss out on this contest. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. No worries, Maxie. I have you entered and I did get your sweet story about your daughter (I think) sending you the lei. Wonderful story. The comments here on my blog are at the bottom of each post. You just have to go to the bottom of whichever post and click on the word comments and all the comments come up for that particular post.

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  17. My favorite bouquets are the ones my boys leave for me in a mason jar on the kitchen table. They are 5 & 6 years old!
    So sweet!!

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