Not long ago, my seven-year-old grandson, who lives in Southern Arizona, went to his mother with a request for a pet of his own. The conversation went something like this:
â€œWhat kind of pet do you want?â€
â€œI want an Arctic Fox,â€ my grandson said.
â€œAn Arctic Fox? Why?â€
â€œBecause theyâ€™re white and theyâ€™re cute, and Iâ€™d like one.â€
â€œBut an Arctic Fox lives where itâ€™s very cold. We live in the desert. I think an Arctic Fox would get too hot here,â€ his mother said.
â€œI could keep him in the freezer,â€ my grandson said.
â€œWell, the arctic is a long ways to go for a pet,â€ his mother said.
â€œNo, itâ€™s only five miles. You can drive there,â€ my grandson said.
Needless to say, my grandson hasnâ€™t gotten the pet he wants. His dilemma reminds me of my writing life and the obstacles I come up against. Too many times there are distractions or discouragements that face me at every turn. My great story idea, the one that will impact many, doesnâ€™t sound as good to an editor. Even a passing remark from a friend, that isnâ€™t intended to discourage, can make me wonder why I even write.
Yet, I canâ€™t give up. Just like my grandson and his enthusiasm for a pet that wonâ€™t fit with his lifestyle, or isnâ€™t practical, I have to run with my ideas with all the abandon of a seven-year-old. Yes, there are times when reality rears its head, and I have to settle for a prairie dog instead of an arctic fox. When that happens, Iâ€™ve learned to get enthused about the prairie dog. At least I wonâ€™t have to look at it every time I open the freezer.