First, this is a picture of her with my younger sister Charity, who really doesn't get pictured enough on my blog - so there you have it. And here are some more things:
I get my love for writing from her. I started writing books in the preteen years. I always had the main character's home intricately mapped out, all of the family members named - first, middle, and poetic meaning - the back story outlined, then one quarter of the first chapter - usually with a cute teenage girl, a twerpy little brother (sorry, Joe, but that really reflects more on me than on you), and a mom in the home office clacking away on her typewriter.
She is the oldest - I mean - most mature woman I know with an actual crush on the man she's been married to longer than she was single. Actual crush. As in, "Isn't he cute?" and "I thought you should know this wonderful thing your father did today."
She is genuinely baffled that none of her children are famous yet - if not for a specific talent, than for sheer awesomeness.
She likes Diet Coke, chocolate, the Little Women soundtrack, sentimental gifts (this woman likes to cry, People), curling up with a magazine or a happy movie, her grandchildren, Christmas, and Dad (did I already mention him?).
She has a serious gift for the silver lining. If she can't find one, she will MAKE ONE UP. She believes in God's perfect timing, God's unfathomable mercy, and his perfect timing. (It's one of the silver linings - it comes in handy a lot, believing in that one).
And, finally, SHE. HAS. A. BLOG. This is her premier right here on my own blog! Consider it graced with a red carpet and flashing with camera lights, and me wearing Oscar de la Renta. She's actually quite the magazine writer aficionado, but she took a slight reprieve back in the day to rear us soon-t0-be famous people. (That's right before she taught us that, yes, children are reared, not raised. And that's because of her odd enjoyment for appropriate grammar.) But you'll soon see more of her articles as she's re-dipping her toes into the world of freelance and, of course, taking it by storm.
You can find her right here on blogger by clicking these pretty words: Kathy Nickerson.