My daughter called me early this morning from her home in Seattle. "We bought a car last night. I hope you will be proud of the deal I got."
Three years ago, she and her new husband bought their first car together. The deal proved less than desirable but it was their first time out working with a car salesmen. When her husband wrecked their vehicle last week, she called me for advice. Both my husband and I coached her on how to do research and get the most for their money and most of all--not to be taken.
"You did awesome!" I told her when she shared the details. "I'm so proud of you."
After I said those words, I could hear the anxiety in her voice disappear. Her smile came through the phone. It reminded me of the many times during her softball games when she'd looked back at us after a good catch.
Funny how we need that approval. Someone to tell us how proud they are of our abilities.
I still need that with my writing as much as she still needs it with her spending.
Who pats you on your back for your writing efforts?
As a community of writers, I hope we continue to do that for each other, no matter how many times we've been published or not.
I like looking over my shoulder and seeing all of you. I hope you can see me cheering you on.