Taking the Long Way

A celebration of late bloomers.


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The message I had been waiting for since April finally floated into my Inbox.

It read that I had been accepted into the inaugural Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. The Oxford American is my favorite magazine. I’ve been too timid to submit anything for publication…but I was compelled (commanded by Jonathan Rabb, really) to enter a writing sample for consideration.

The message from the OA’s editors ended with this passage from Goethe: “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” (Serendipitous that I used to have that phrase hanging on my office wall.)

I needed boldness. The price tag for the Summit is steep, and I felt as if I shouldn’t go because it would occur two weeks after my mom’s surgery.


Mom said I had to go.

And then…

The amazing Jenny D. and Dr. James Lough organized a bake sale so that we could raise some funds to help pay for my tuition.

Oh, the power of a cupcake.

Courtesy of Google Images.

Lynn Schneider and Sarah “Sweezy” Boutwell baked muffins and cookies. Classmates donated doughnuts, candy, books, and time staffing the table.

(There was a little drama with the Art History folks. I thought Jenny D. was going to get into a throwdown with one of them.)

We still have one more day to go, and we’ve already raised 1/3 of the total funds – thanks in no small part to the generosity of three people who simply asked – “What do you need?” With other support, I’m going to go.

I have a hard time asking for help. I was raised to be fairly self-sufficient, but I’m learning that letting other people help you let’s them know that they are needed and appreciated.

I don’t really know how to say thank you to everyone. I’m humbled beyond words. But I want everyone to know that your kindness and friendship enriches my life more than cream cheese frosting. You all are the icing on my cake. And if I only had one biscuit left, I’d give you half.


Written by The Long Way

June 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Posted in Friends

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  1. Amy, huge congratulations. And what good blog you have going here. I will read it regularly, for sure.

    Sandra Lambert

    June 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    • Sandra,

      Once I get back into the swing of life in Savannah after being in Texas for so long, I’ll get back to the blog. So, don’t give up on me yet!

      The Long Way

      June 30, 2011 at 10:33 pm

  2. Hey Amy!

    Homer Patino

    June 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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