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Miss Marple

Remember my grand-pup, Penny Lane? I call her the neighborhood Miss Marple. This is her favorite perch, where she stays on top of all of the comings and goings streetside. There is just something about the tilt of her head that feels regal, and that chubby paw pad — irresistible. I hadn’t been in the apartment five minutes before I pulled out my fancy new phone, aka point-n-shoot camera. Penny has that woeful, droopy-eyed  look just like all basset hounds, but I promise you, she is an exuberant and joyful girl.

We were in the city to celebrate my son’s job promotion. Much to my maternal dismay five years ago, his life path did not stay on the course I’d always had in mind for him. He informed me that the only motivation he had to be in college was me. Not enough! Cajoling and reasoning were useless. So I wrung my hands, smiled, and encouraged him to follow his passion. He’s chosen to follow in the foodie footsteps of his father, a grandfather, and an uncle. He works hard but loves the business. Much to my amazement, after a thirteen-hour day on his feet, he prepares dinner at home! I feel my proud mama chest puffing right up as I type this.

By the way, he just finished reading the memoir manuscript.  First family member to do so. My favorite text message from him said: “Enjoying your teenage exploits and adventures with a cocktail.” His close read gave me valuable feedback on voice and timeline. Talking books is something we’ve always enjoyed together. How fabulous to be discussing this one, not only as writer and reader, but mother and son. Wow! Celebration, indeed.

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  • Jenna Sievers December 6, 2010, 8:03 am

    Penny Lane steals my heart. She’s a perfect first grandchild.

  • snydeen November 15, 2010, 11:06 am

    That’s funny. Well that might not be the right word, but my youngest is thinking college is not for him and looking at owning a bakery. Can’t wait for the memoir to be published. I’ll be in line to get my copy!

  • Loretta November 11, 2010, 6:15 pm

    I have no idea how you managed to fall of my blogroll, but I am so happy that you wrote! Wow! You have so much going on in the year I’ve been away. CONGRATULATIONS on the MFA! What an achievement! You are such an inspiration to me. I am just thrilled for you. Time to get my writing butt in gear. Looking forward to reading all your posts and keeping current.

  • Fran November 11, 2010, 8:59 am

    Penny Lane is ADORABLE! And I’m very moved by your relationship with Alex.

  • Kelly Gamble November 11, 2010, 7:25 am

    Lisa, I have to say, as much as I loved my sons as children, there is nothing in the world like being able to talk to them as adults. I’m so glad he is enjoying your work, and know that you are quite an inspiration to all of us.

    • myartfullife November 11, 2010, 7:41 am

      Thank you for commenting on the blog post, Kelly! Now that you’re a blogger, too, you are most certainly familiar with the pit-a-pat in the chest when you see that, not only has someone read your post, but they have also taken the time to compose a response! Yippee!
      Nice to hear that I’m an inspiration, as well. (blush and a bat of the eye lashes, too)