Introduction to the Write Stuff
I believe that my mother’s writing career probably began in the mid 60’s when she was sending off letters to President Lyndon B. Johnson with anti-war sentiments. Mother was also writing to a crocked Mayor Richard J. Daley about a city waging a war against a democratic party. Today, a gazillion kid-years later, I can tell you that “Mom writes out hundreds of recipes, adding notations of her own. She is always coming up with quotes or her writings are appearing in some op ed section of the local papers.” Perhaps they will say that Charlene was always writing something… it was a way for her to wage war without leaving her chaise lounge and writing provided a space to create a peaceful place in her world. Something or someone was always getting her hot under the collar and writing an unsent letter was a way to vent and diffuse her anger, disappointment or dislike for a person’s decision or action. She should be remembered for always expressing her gratitude to someone for something, for she got a great deal of satisfaction from building up other people.
I recall a time not too long ago when she got upset with this columnist from the local paper who wrote a simple article about how difficult it is to discern true emotion over the internet. Before the end of his piece she made a point to remind the writer that before i-pods, blackberries, television, and even radio… there was print. The successful piece, be it book or article has always been successful in both providing emotion packed words and eliciting emotions. Alright, mom, chill.
Well, with mom gone now… things will never be the same. Especially since she took pens, notepads, and oh yeah her laptop with her to heaven!
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