Today I’m taking part in the Cherished Blogfest – a really excellent way for bloggers to get to know each other and to share memories and thoughts. We’re supposed to post about a meaningful object, and this couldn’t have come at a better time for me.
Last year, almost to the day, I lost a very close friend of mine. He was a friend, mentor, and someone who took belief in people just as they are to new levels. We worked together for years as puppeteers, in stage shows, and at events. I learned a lot from him, and he was always talking me up, especially when I found it hard to believe in myself or was self conscious about where I was at in life or about my own abilities.
When I got the contract for The Kingdom City Chronicles, he called me down to his office and gave me this necklace (as well as a corresponding ring, but it’s too big for my hand). He was so proud of his choices, expecting immediately that I’d know what they were from. After he had to tell me that this necklace was from The Vampire Diaries, I had the embarrassing situation of admitting that I’d never seen an episode of the show or read the books.
In typical Mark fashion, he just smiled and said something to the effect of “That’s fine. I’m giving it to you to wear as a trophy, because eventually your work is going to beat that series.”
No matter how I tried to protest that that was incredibly unlikely or explain how the business end of writing worked, he had complete confidence in me. Even in hospice, he was telling people about my books and the shows we’d done together. You know that song about the power of just one person believing in you? That was Mark all over, and he didn’t just do that with me. He did that with everyone he encountered.
It’s not the most expensive necklace in the world, and the color is starting to change along the back of it, but I love it. I wear it to a lot of conventions and events, especially if it’s something I’m nervous about doing. It not only carries his memory with me, but it reminds me that there are people out there that have utter faith in what I’m doing, so it’s worth it for me to keep moving forward, to keep doing all that I can, and to keep believing in myself, as well.
So, that’s my cherished object and the memory that goes with it! To check out other fantastic people, follow the list at the tour page!
6 thoughts on “Cherished Blogfest”
Such a lovely piece, thank you for sharing. Good luck as you work towards achieving what your friend foretold. X
That’s a fantastic cherished object, and one that should encourage you to be creative forever.
Just one person believing in you can carry you to new height that you, yourself never believed possible. In my case it was my third wife that lifted me up and believes in me like no one ever has.That s why on this blogfest my object was the first book she pushed me to publish and became my greatest saleslady and my biggest critic of later work. You need someone to point out when you stray from the path.
Thank you for participating and sharing your story. It is in these small gifts that the magic lies. These objects inspire us, encourage us and push us to do more than we can imagine.
Thankyou for participating in the blogfest, and for such a touching post– so privileged to be told about your memories and your friend. Sorry for your loss, and hoping that the necklace will bring you joy, affirmation, and peace for a long time to come.
Slowly making my way through the cherished blogfest list. your friend Mark is a treasure. thank you for sharing.