Writing is part of me. This has been apparent to those close to me since I was much younger. In a way, it was always synonymous with my identity within my large New Jersey family: Kelly is the writer, the English lover, the bookworm.
They’ve always supported me, urged me; Kelly be a writer, Kelly follow your dreams. And when I went into college undecided (a tale I tell with a shake of my head) they all seemed to know that it was only a matter of time until I drifted to English or to journalism. And when I applied and was accepted to the GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs they only said, good and where you belong.
My cousin is most vocal about my writing, always pushing me to do more. Perhaps she’s unaware, but she’s been saying, “do whatever you want, as long as you keep writing,” for as long as I can remember. It may be just a tick to her, just something that she says when were talking about writing, playing Scrabble, or when she’s abusing me about my affinity for nerd games like ‘Blurt,’ but I take it to heart each and every time it comes out of her mouth.
On Sunday, at NJ Christmas, she was thrilled to give me my gift, telling the whole family that it was the present to beat, the best one that she had gotten that year. Was it the world’s cutest shirt? The J Crew numbers of all J Crew numbers? No, it was far far better.
In a way, just by embroidering that bag and engraving that pen, Kim and her husband Ward showed me a different kind of support (the same as when my mother and father got P&S logos on t-shirts last year). It makes me want to do better, write better and write more creative posts more often.
So, I’ll don my new bag, use my new pen, and hope that I can live up to their expectations and mine.
2015 is going to be a good year for P&S!
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