Today, on the 67th anniversary of Rod’s birth, I’ve decided to share a personal email he sent me when I entered my first writing competition (He was away on a business trip at the time).
This email shows, more than any words I could write, what a wonderful, caring, supportive man he was.
What a big step you have taken on the road to becoming your own person telling your story in your own voice.
I have been waiting a long time for you to gain the confidence that what you have to say is valid and relevant to a wider audience.
Reaching an audience is winning (although the kudos of a prize or two can’t hurt!!)
I am really looking forward to reading the finished piece.
One of your future pieces should be to use your wicked sense of humour and unique slant on things/life to bring some of the funny stories of your childhood to an audience.
Love and hugs”
In the words of Gladys Night and The Pips, You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me