When I was the Humor Editor for the Adams Tiger Tales, I modeled my writing after her style of taking ordinary life and shining a light to find the humor in what could be actually breaking our hearts. Erma’s philosophy was, “if you can laugh about it, you can learn to live with it.” A philosophy which continues to influence my writing as it has evolved from covering the student council meetings, to parent-child negotiations, breast cancer stories, cross-country moves and numerous job changes.
Erma combined wit and wisdom and bridged the generation gap so that parents and teens identified with her material. I never realized until sitting down to write this essay how much I had in common with her. During college, our guidance counselors encouraged us to forget about journalism and pursue a secretarial career. As a 30-year-old college freshman, my advisor already knew I’d quit a 10-year secretarial career to pursue my dream of a diploma from the School of Journalism. He steered me to the Mass Communication track instead of Journalism because he didn’t think I could handle the reporter’s curriculum.
Little did he know I’d spend the next 30 years as a reporter specializing in personal profiles for magazines, newspapers and on-line venues.
I love my life!
Everyone needs and deserves encouragement to follow their dreams. When your dream is to be a writer, you dig deep inside you for the extra boost to move forward. Having your guidance counselor tell you to look for another line of work is not a vote of confidence. But, Erma and I found encouragement from caring professors who recognized our talents and gave us what we needed to continue writing. They said those magic words: “you can write.”
Now, I’m saying them to you: “Yes, you can write!”
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