The world of nature has always been one of my go-to’s for whenever I am stuck in the calamitous situation known as Writer’s Block, and seeing how today, I happen to be graced with the opportunity to work out of the house, I did something I haven’t had the chance to do in quite a long time. I sat down in my own backyard with a nice cup of tea and the laptop to do some work… or so I thought.
You see, distractions can happen to anyone, at anytime, even right now! Look over your shoulder! It’s another something to distract you! Do my eyes deceive me, or is it whats-her-name from TV walking across the street! Throughout life we all get distractions. It just happens, it’s a natural part of life, and if you keep your nose to the grindstone too long, you’ll miss out on life’s greatest joys, and probably end up with a much shorter nose. I also find that growing my own roses ensures I can always find the time to give them a good sniff.
One particular distraction incident occurred when I was surprised by a gentle nuzzling of my leg and the distinctive meowing of an adorable cat. While I am admittedly allergic to cats (just one of the reasons why I’m a dog person), I scooped up Precious (an apt name for the darling), checked her tags, and carried her one block down, where I discovered both a mother and a darling little girl who had been tirelessly searching for the missing cat while both battling colds. I can’t put into words the unbridled joy of the little girl as she reunited with her kitty. It was definitely the kind of thing that brings tears to your eyes… um no, that wasn’t a tear in my eye, just a little something got in it. Okay, I confess, I’m fiercely allergic to cats.
That being said, thanks to this distraction, I now had a story of a struggling writer who pushed beyond the weakness of his allergies to reunite a sick little girl with her wayward kitten. While this wasn’t exactly the story I’d planned to write in the beginning, it jump-started my creative juices, and I was back to filling in pages, runny eyes and all.