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  • February 21st, 2009 | 9:59 PM
Six on Saturday

There is still a little bit of Saturday left and since I didn't do a Friday Five, here's my Six on Saturday.

1. I bought 25 new plants today. Another 20 or so are being delivered next week. I have lots of digging ahead of me.

2. It's raining again. That means most of my digging will be in mud. Clay mud to be exact.

3. There is no way I am going to meet all my deadlines for next week. I just have to figure out which balls are plastic and therefore okay to drop and which ones are glass that I need to keep juggling.

4. Carpos hamburgers in Capitola for dinner. Yum. Yum.

5. You can still enter to win a copy of SAY THE WORD by Jeannine Garsee, aka onegrapeshy  . Tonight's the last chance. All the details here.

6. Some of you know that my son Ryan has Muscular Dystrophy. It wasn't diagnosed until he was a young adult already living on his own and working a job he loved. Today he blogged a bit about his life with MD and he said something he discovered to be true for himself that I think we can apply to our writing. He was talking about how he had managed to find a way to continue to do his job as a mechanic in spite of the limitations of his body.

He said, "I was doing things I should not have been able to do simply because I did not know that I should not be able to do them."

What if we wrote without thinking about limits? What if we simply wrote the story we wanted to tell without thinking about all the parts of writing we don't know how to do? What if we just let the story be the guide? I bet we might all find out, as Ryan has, that we are capable of much more than we ever realized.

Ryan is new to blogging and this is the first time he has shared so much about his disease with so many strangers. If you're so inclined, perhaps you'll pop over and read the entire post here.




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lalam
February 22nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
You're son Ryan sounds amazing. I love his quote and wow how true is that.

My sister lives with a disabilty (seizures) and even though it has disabled her in some aspects of her life. She has two beautiful children.

Ryan sounds extremely inspirational, you're blessed to have him in your life.
susanwrites
February 22nd, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. He is a true blessing in my life, that's for sure.
kellyrfineman
February 22nd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Wow - that's a very late MD diagnosis. How cool for him that he didn't know all that time, and so managed to do all those things he shouldn't be able to do!
susanwrites
February 23rd, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Yes, it was late but the FSH tends to show up around that time frame. In retrospect, of course, I can look back on him as a child and wonder, sigh, but with no history in the family that we knew of, no one ever thought of anything else.
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