The Luck of the Irish.
As a writer I spend a great deal of time thinking of why people develop the way they do. Why they are sad or unhappy. Why they chose one road in life and not another.
Over the years I’ve figured out my mother gave me a great gift. Not an inheritance or a keepsake, but in the way she thought about life.
My mom was Scotch-Irish with a touch of the English mixed in. She graduated as Valedictorian but had no chance to go to college. She had to help support her mother during WWII after her father died.
She married my father, who tended to drink, and in no time they had four kids. My father went blind by the time I was in high school and mom worked two jobs.
But all her life my mom thought she was lucky. Irish luck she called it. She might step in a mud hole but she’d smile and say, ‘At least I didn’t have my good shoes on.’
She passed that luck on to her children. When my brother was shot in Viet Nam the doctor told him he was lucky because the bullet missed his heart by an inch.
He agreed and said he had his mother’s Irish luck.
Someone else might say he would have been luckier if he hadn’t been shot, but Phil just thought he was lucky.
In my latest book, CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY, I played on the theme that thinking you’re lucky may take you halfway to your goal.
I started with the youngest of three brothers who believes in love but has no luck with women and a ranch hand who thinks he’s wasted all his luck.
This summer I truly learned how lucky I am. When I lost my Tommy after 49 years, I felt the love of friends all across the country. That caring carried me through the dark days. Then, I realized how lucky I was to have a great man for all those years.
As the weeks passed I found a world to retreat to in my writing. I’m lucky to live in two worlds. A lady whose daughter was going through chemo was sitting beside me told me that each week they’d read my books during the treatment so they’d have something to talk about on their way home. For the first time I understood.
To all my readers, I would love for you to stop by and tell me about a time in your life when you felt unlucky but it really turned out to be one of your luckiest times. I will give the lucky winner a Christmas package of 3 books: MISTLETOE MIRACLES and CHRISTMAS IN WINTER VALLEY from my Ransom Canyon series and A TEXAS KIND OF CHRISTMAS, my latest anthology.
I wish you Irish Luck and I wish you peace and laughter when you step into fiction as a reader or as a writer.