WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY GRANDAD? 2nd POST- WRITE
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 28th September 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
What do you do all day, Grandad? Everyone is at pains to ask.
I write… and write… and write.
If you have seen the wonderful film “The Lady In The Van” based on the Alan Bennett book of the same name and starring Maggie Smith you will know writers have two persona; one that writes and one that “does”. You have to “do” so that you have the experiences to inspire your writing and make it come alive.
The problem is if you let each persona have their own way you need 48 hours in your day every day.
The writer in me is full of life’s inspiration and wants to write all the time.
The “doer” has so much he wants to experience every day.
The two have to compromise and they do not find that easy.
The problem is I have always wanted to write since being eight years old when I wrote my first book. The careers adviser picked up on my love of words and writing and advised I become an accountant. The first twenty years of my career was ok. The 2nd 28 years were horrendous. On retiring I began to pack in 48 years of wasted writing time into however many years I have left.
Somewhere, there is a lesson for my grandchildren there.
I want my grandchildren to get the most out of life that they possibly can and to learn from the mistakes I made. But I do not want to do it by lecturing. I hope I can lead them by example. If I make available ideas and philosophies that I have found create a quality life and leave it to them to choose their route.
It is most important for them to find their own way through life carved out with their own experiences. I see part of the grandparents job is to lead them to as much information about life as possible so that they have the knowledge to decide their own route and way forward.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime” sort of thinking.
I write to try and inspire my grandchildren, making markers or dots for them to join as their life’s journey forms the lines joining them. I empty my mind of the creative thoughts and words that overflow from my mind from my life experiences, my daily experiences and my brain’s creative lobe.
I write to record lives, my grandchildren’s lives, in many ways one of which is a Blog. On my Blog about once a week, one of my two youngest grandchildren step in to blog about something in their world and write in first person.
You will be surprised to learn it is not them writing but me. I find I really start to connect with my grandchildren by writing their blog as I have to get up close and in their minds and what a cosmic kaleidoscopic rainbow that turns out to be.
But what an occupation to do all day, writing about my second childhood, to be honest it’s my first childhood.
ROALD DAHL INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“The prime function of the children’s book writer is to write a book that is so absorbing, exciting, funny, fast and beautiful that the child will fall in love with it. And that first love affair between the young child and the young book will lead hopefully to other loves for other books and when that happens the battle is probably won. The child will have found a crock of gold. He will also have gained something that will help to carry him most marvelously through the tangles of his later years.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Happiness is…writing, writing, writing and more wtiting
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Where do chickens go when they die? To oven
Love is…sometimes complicated
TRACK OF THE DAY
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC – PALOMA FAITH
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