Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Memories and Thoughts

I Mama-sat my 87 year-old mother, this morning, while my sister went to the eye doctor. As we ate breakfast, Mom talked about my dad, who died when he was only 58 years old. It was emotion and fun, at the same time, to listen to her stories.

I don't know how many of you know where Castle Gate used to be, but my parents lived there when I was born. It was a unique little mining town located just above Helper, (if you know where Helper is). There was a Confectionery, a Movie House, a small grocery store and lots of coal being mined.

The railroad tracks were just across the street, it seemed, and during the night you could hear the train whistle blow as the train passed through town. Interestingly enough, the whistle had a soothing effect on me and now, when I hear a train whistle, it brings back sweet memories, and I get all soppy.

I believe our past designs and creates our present as well as our future. I believe it develops our thoughts, our creativity, our talents and ambitions. I'm grateful to my father who believed I could do anything I wanted to do. I just had to want to do it bad enough to put in the hours and energy to make the dream come alive. I think he is up there, looking down on me, encouraging me when I become discouraged and cheering for me when I succeed.

So Trina, I want you to know that I've already registered for Jack Canfield's teleseminar. We never quit learning, do we? That reminds me, I'm getting ready to promote my book, "Prince Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient". If anyone has advice that would help me, I'd love to hear from you.


Michael Knudsen said...

Hmmm...sounds like Castle Gate, with a little research, would be an awesome place to set a story!