Monday, March 16, 2009

Moments of Magic

Working on: RBTR revisions
Listening to: kids on march break...pass the headphones
Reading: Around the Clock Protector, Jan Hambright

My mother in law sent me e-mail this morning. Now this particular e-mail I've seen before, but I thought what the heck, it's cute and I'll read it again.

It's the one where young children say what they think love is. Here are a few of my favourites:

'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'

'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.'

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry'.

What I loved about these quotes (and there are more funny and cute ones) is that they are magical. Each of these gave me an instant image. Each of them is a magical moment. And I got thinking...isn't that what we love about romance novels? I've been struggling so much with conflict that maybe I've forgotten the little touches, the magical moments. If these characters are going to change and grow, I need to give them something to fight FOR. Isn't it funny how a little chain e-mail letter can make me smile and also put me in a great frame of mind for going back to my revisions today!

Speaking of magical moments, I heard from my friend Jim this morning as well, and it's been such a long time since I posted any of his pics. He got a couple of stunners lately. Enjoy.

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