I just couldn't believe it when I received an email from a Chicken Soup for the Soul editor telling me my story would be published in one of their upcoming anthologies! Holy smokes!!
You see, a very uplifting thing had happened to my girls and I a year earlier. It was a personal story, one I shared just with my mom and mother-in-law. Both women insisted the story was too good not to share. It was a "chicken soup" moment, my mother had said. I chuckled at her words, but nonetheless, took pen to paper to write it down. In less than one hour I had completed it, the words had just flowed. And, my voice was very different from my Mammatalk voice. It was far more personal and was a tight squeeze for into their "under 1200 words requirements".
A whole year later, after almost forgetting about my submission, I received word that my story would be a part of their next anthology. Chicken Soup for the Soul-Parenthood came out in March of this year with my story, "First Flight" right smack in the middle of them darn pages! Ever since, my family and I have been stopping at every bookstore we can find to take pictures of the book sitting on the bookshelf.
**My girls think I'm famous.**
For those of you who can relate to my story, please feel free to drop me a line. For those of you who have yet to read it, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul-Parenthood. The entire book is full of heart warming stories ( I know I'm biased!).
The Chicken Soup family were so wonderful to work with! So warm and encouraging. My greatest pride was my story had virtually no edits! I truly feel some stories have a life of their own and just demand to be shared: They almost have a heartbeat and a growl which just won't subside until you share them with others. I am so blessed and fortunate to have had this experience!
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