You may recognize our guest, Katherine Fleet, today as she shared some thoughts with us on June 16th and we spotlighted her book on May 28th. This time Katherine is sharing something she treasures with us!
Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be here today on Pam’s site. My debut YA, The Secret to Letting Go, from Entangled Teen, is about family and community and what it takes to really feel like you belong. So for Tuesday Treasures, I picked something that reminded me of my family and my roots – a computer memory stick I recently received from my dad. It may seem like an odd thing to treasure, but if there was a fire, it’s one of the first things I’d grab. Why?
Over the winter, my dad spent many, many hours scanning ALL of our old family pictures and slides, including the black and white pictures from when he was a boy. He scanned over five thousand images and labelled them all with dates and names of people in the photographs. This was a pretty impressive feat for a man in his late seventies with very limited computer skills!
When he finally finished, I shared them with my husband and kids for the very first time. It was an amazing experience to see these pictures again and even more special to provide my kids with this glimpse into my family. The photos reminded me of what a great childhood I had and, like a time machine, they brought back memories of days and trips I’d long forgotten about. Some of the images were grainy or scratched, but it didn’t diminish their impact or importance.
It also made me realize how nostalgic I’d become about my past. When I was a kid, I was always looking forward. Somewhere along the way, I’ve started to place more value on looking back.
In The Secret to Letting Go, the main character, Clover, loses all her pictures and personal belongings in a hurricane:
The thought of Mama’s typewriter and my books, pictures, and writing buried in mud, cut through me like an ax. A part of me, that part anchored to Mama and the only good memories I had, had been hacked away. It hurt so much to think of it even my teeth ached. I wrapped my arms around my belly and swallowed back the bitter taste. I knew I should be thankful. Caesar and I were safe, but hadn’t I already lost more than my share?
The hero, Daniel, tries to comfort her with the adage that belongings can always be replaced, but people can’t.
Yet, some belongings can’t be replaced – especially those with sentimental value, and I see that the older I become, the more value I place on sentiment. I know I should try to live fully in the present moment, but it’s hard to ignore the pull of the past…
You are SO right, Katherine, that is definitely something to treasure!
Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao.
She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program.
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I hope you enjoyed today's treasure as much as I did and I certainly hope to see you each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.
Until next time, take care and God bless.