Friday, March 19, 2010

STUNNING MEMORY

A GOOD THING

I had something strange happen this week and wanted to share it with you. When I get home from work I go through the day's mail, discard, keep, and so on, but this week I was really caught off-guard. There on my kitchen table was a letter with the return address telling me that it was from Anna Roberts Books. I had to look at it twice and then three times. I couldn't believe my eyes!

It wasn't the "book" part that got me, it was the name "Anna Roberts." You see my beloved maternal grandma, my mother's mother,was named Anna Roberts and it was so weird seeing her name in print. My grandmother, my Nana, as I called her, left this earth over 40 years ago and I still miss her today. Well, what the letter turned out to be was a simple flyer that was advertising a book called, The Hopes and Encouragements of a Woman, written by Anna Roberts. The flyer gave a brief description of the book as well as an About the Author section. Although the location of Anna Roberts Books is Alta Lome California, the author actually hails from a small town in Wisconsin. Also weird was that my "Nana" came from Jefferson, Wisconsin, a town that had a population of approximately 5500 people, at least it did 40 years ago.

So, as they say, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it. But...I couldn't help myself. I did want more information about the author so I wrote a letter to her at the Book address and just shared with her all I have with you. In addition, I sent her the blog I wrote in April of last year that vividly described my grandmothers' house and told of my precious memories of her. I didn't ask for a reply but I'm secretly hoping that Anna jots a line to me someday. In the meantime, I ordered her book and am looking forward to reading it. I guess, sometimes in life we're caught off guard and it is, indeed, a very good thing.

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