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Friday, May 17, 2019

My Best Review

My mother left this message on my telephone answering machine.

I listened to it frequently for three and half years before it was accidentally erased. By then I had memorized it. I'm sure it's the best review I'll ever receive.




"It's just past 8 o'clock and you're probably out for dinner, but I just wanted to let you know I've been reading your book that you wrote and I'm just thrilled!

"I'm only up to page [pause while she checks] 68, but your description and imagination are amazing!

"I'll talk to you later, but I just wanted to let you know that I'm reading it and enjoying it so much."

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  1. The best.
    We often seek approval because we didn't get it from the right person(s)... you did.

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    1. (correcting a spelling mistake)

      Exactly. When I read her words, I can hear her voice, too. What a gift she gave me!

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  3. Oh Barb! That's so lovely!

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  4. My mother died shortly after my first book was published in 2005; she owned a bookstore for 25 years, and it still makes me sad that she hasn't been able to read my subsequent titles - or maybe she has? Who knows:)

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    1. Hugs, Jani. I'm sure she has and she's thrilled for you.

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