For those of you who might not know, I grew up in a VERY poor family where my mother was challenged every day just to put food on the table.
I’m not sure how they managed it, but the year I was about 4 years old, my parents actually bought a side of beef to help feed the six of us in our family.
We only had a very small refrigerator, so my parents rented freezer space at the local butcher shop and would travel there once a week to pick up the following week’s meat.
Those trips will be forever etched in my memory. The cries of the animals, the smell of furry bodies in small, cramped pens, and the sight of blood dripping from the carcasses as a few butchers prepared the meat for shipping.
I also remember the job I was there to do every week.
Being the smallest one in the family, my father would lift me high into the air and set me INSIDE the freezer compartment we had rented. Crawling on my hands and knees, I had to make my way into the back of that dark, frosty cave to retrieve the white wrapped packages of meat no one else could reach.
Just when my 4 year old mind thought my frozen fingers would surely fall off, my father would finally retrieve me and lift me back down to the warm floor below.
Another week would go by and there would be another trip made to the butcher so we wouldn’t have to worry about where our next meal was coming from.
But I already knew where it was coming from, because I was the one, quite literally, bringing home the meat…;-}
Some people think small things don’t matter, but they’re wrong.
A small act of kindness can go a long way to heal a broken spirit.
A small smile given to a stranger might be all that’s needed to give them hope for a better tomorrow.
And one small child might have the power to hold back hunger.
When you are struggling to put your words down and are thinking about maybe throwing in the writing towel, remember to celebrate all the small accomplishments made along the way. It’s those small steps made each day that keep you moving in the right direction on this publishing path we’re all on!
I hope you have an AWESOME day today cuz you deserve it!
International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.