Morning Procrastination

I’m at my desk not wanting to start writing.  Once I start there’s no stopping until the chapter’s done so I’m listening to Neil Diamond (yes, tragic) and savoring the sunshine pouring through my office windows.  And reading my walls.

I have messages and cards and favorite photos tacked on two Happy Boards, and I’ve written about these boards before but they’re my visuals filled with all things good ranging from pics of my boys, great reviews, my RITA ribbons, cards from flowers received, and favorite sayings.

Some of those sayings are as simple as “Believe”, to a quote from Oprah that reads, “It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.”

 Some of my kids artwork has been there years now, tacked under newer photos and pictures and sayings.  And for the first time in a long time I read a card my one son gave me for Mother’s Day three years ago.  He typed it in beginning computer:

“I think my mom is going to be better than my wife my mom takes me to Hawaii and lets me surf awesome and gets me a virgin strawberry daiquiri and takes me to Benihana.”

I love my four and five star reviews over at Amazon, love hearing that readers enjoy my books, love having people show up at my events but that card from my son says it all.

I’m going to be better than his wife.  

Out of the mouth of babes. 


  1. That card is priceless:) Treasure it. My daughter wrote this mother’s day that she loves because I bring her everything she forgets to school for her. Gotta love it…

  2. First of all, Jane, listen to Neil Diamond with pride. It’s great writing music, especially if you’re of the romantic persuasion. As for being better than his wife, I hope he marries someone with a good sense of humor so you can show her eventually.

  3. Ha ha about Neil Diamond. My husband, Eric, listens to him all the time–Eric is an old soul. Secondly, I love the idea of Happy Boards and I am going to make one too! Thirdly, that card from your son–better than his wife–hee hee–that card is priceless!

  4. p.s. Although I laugh about Neil Diamond, I secretly like some of his songs, too, and this morning when I was driving to work I realized I was cranking up “Sweet Caroline”… so you are not alone!

  5. Don’t be ashamed of Neil Diamond…I think there’s a little fan of him in all of us:)

    Your son is just too cute!

    Rock on and happy writing!!!

  6. Hi, Jane!

    First, the part about your son’s note almost made me spit out my coffee! Hilarious and sweet, all at once.

    Second … I’ve been trying to reach you. I apologize deeply for hijacking your blog thread here briefly, but … won’t you please check your e-mail for a note I sent you in reply to yours from a few months back? I want to feature you on E-mail or call me? Thanks!

    Aloooha! — Esme

  7. What an awesome thing for your son to say! Kids make the sun shine a little brighter.

    I love the idea of those Happy Boards! I think I am going to have to start one myself!

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