Tuesday, January 19, 2010

lucky

When it finally sunk in that Where the Mountain Meets the Moon won a Newbery Honor, I have to admit I blew a kiss into the sky. It's no secret that the book is dedicated to Robert and my homage to what he brought to my life. And still does, in some ways.

I remember last month after my Today Show appearance, my friend Janet Wong and I decided to see a palm reader for a lark but instead of being amused, I was annoyed.


Because after hearing about Robert (another thing that bugged me was that she asked me a lot of questions about my life before telling me what she "saw") she kept telling me that that my palm indicated that I had been unlucky in love.

It took me a while to figure out why that bothered me so much. And I realize, it's because I don't believe I have been unlucky in love. With Robert, I was with someone who truly loved me, who fought with every ounce of his being to try to be with me. Robert was unlucky with life, the shortness and the pain that his life contained. But I was lucky to have him in mine.

I guess, the truth is, I don't think love can ever be unlucky. I think it's when the love disappears, when one mistakens something else for love, or when others twist their own desires in it's name--those are the things that cause misfortune. One of my favorite quotes is, "Love is, simply put, truly wishing another to be happy."

Which is why I know Robert would be so proud about the book's reception and happy for the new life I am creating; and, as the good wishes and congratulations continue to stream in from all over, I know that I am truly lucky.

THANK YOU!!

19 comments:

Michelle Henninger said...

I'm sure Robert is whooping and hollering and cheering the loudest for this wonderful achievement, Grace! I wish he could have been here for you to celebrate with.

Jeannine said...
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Jeannine said...

Grace, What a lovely post. It's wonderful that Where the Mountain Meets the Moon has touched so many, and is now sure to touch many more. Congratulations!

Martha Brockenbrough said...

Grace, I'm so thrilled for you and your book. This post really touched me and shows, once again, you're a writer with great heart.

Tricia said...

This is a beautiful post and lovely tribute to Robert and your life together. I hope the new road you find yourself on contains just as much love. You and Squatchie are so lucky to have found one another.

Congratulations again!

kirst68hk said...

Congratulations! Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a magical book and it will now enchant a wider audience.

yamster said...

I'm sure Robert knew he was lucky in love too! and I'm also sure he's wishing you and Squatchie well and enjoying the Honor as much as you are. Congrats again.

Mom2Isabel said...

"Which is why I know Robert would be so proud about the book's reception and happy for the new life I am creating; and, as the good wishes and congratulations continue to stream in from all over, I know that I am truly lucky."

Tears in my eyes. What a wonderfl way to view all of this: your life and love with Robert, as well as this well-deserved honor.

We love you too, Grace.

Karen Romano Young said...

Oh Grace! I have been thinking about Robert a lot for the last couple of days. You are absolutely right and I know he must be so proud... as you should indeed be proud of all you have done with him and without him. Sending love. - Wren

jjk said...

Beautiful post, Grace. Now you'll need to change the book up on the sidebar of your blog to include that fancy silver sticker! So beyond excited for you here.

Redheaded Stepchild said...

What a wonderful way to look at love! I'm sure Robert is happy for you!

Kjersten said...

Beautiful post, Grace. Thank you so much for sharing. And for your book. I jumped up and down when I heard about the honor. Congrats.

Carmela Martino said...

A very touching post, Grace. Thank you for sharing so openly.

janet wong said...

You're right: the palm reading wasn't exactly on target...but the palm reader did say (without any prompting) that she felt you would have success as a creative person in the arts, didn't she? (And travel is forthcoming. Where did she say? Florida? Europe? Washington, D.C.?)

taralazar said...

Oh gosh, I shed a tear reading that. I think we're all lucky to have had Robert inspire and encourage your wonderful talent.

Rasco from RIF said...

Thank you, Grace, for sharing your experience with us. I am quite touched by this posting. All the best to you, I hope to meet you in person in the near future; I also hope we can work it out for you come to RIF and visit with the staff....let me know if you will be in DC with a spare moment or two!

Annie said...

Grace,
Congratulations! You truly deserve it. I am looking forward to reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

Kristin said...

Grace, congratulations on what I am sure is a well-deserved honor! I read your news on my sister's FB page, and already shared your blog and related news articles with the L.A. teachers at my school (grades 5&6). I am sure we will all be looking for your book!
- Kristin Baker

Katy said...

It just goes to show that lovely, wonderful things do still happen in the world. Congratulations!