Although I love to write, it’s more than that. I want to share how a love of writing and reading continually enriches my life.
My involvement with Bayou Writers’ Group has given me such mind-blowing experiences. I’ve heard great insight from experts such as Bill Sherman, Brett Downer, and Linda Yezak to name a few. Along with Jan, I helped judge a student poetry competition. My husband even drove three hours to Biloxi, Mississippi, so I could speak to the Gulf Coast Writers’ Association. Just last month as a volunteer at the Louisiana Book Festival, I added a few more experiences in my bag.
I met Edwin Edwards and the writer of the prior governor’s story, Leo Honeycutt. I met Mr. Edwards’ book publisher, former Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown. I met ABC Political Analyst Cokie Roberts, and heard her speak. She is funny! I even introduced George Rodrigue, the famous blue dog painter. Yet, as the day wore on the ultimate experience awaited me.
My mom and I perused the books inside the Barnes and Noble tent. Since my maiden name is
Taylor, when I saw on the cover of a book alongside a football player, I said to my mom, “Look, this guy played professional football.” A well-dressed lady stood near. She overheard my comment and said, “If you want to meet Jim Taylor, he’s right over there,” she pointed. We jumped on the chance and followed her. As his wife, she introduced us to the famed LSU football player and subsequent Green Bay Packers player. Then, she did the wildest thing! Taylor
She took her husband’s right hand and removed the largest ring I have ever seen. Grinning, she held it up and asked, “Would you like to hold a Super Bowl ring?” My jaw hit the floor. My eyes bulged out. I didn’t know what to do except hold my hand out. Then, she placed the ring in my hand! Taking up a third of the palm of my hand was a 1966 Green Bay Packer’s Super Bowl ring. She added, “It’s from the very first Super Bowl.” Like two star-struck idiots, we had our pictures made with Mr. Jim Taylor, said our “thank yous” and grinned for the rest of the day.
You see, our love of reading and writing spans more than just physical writing or curling up with a good book. Both my parents loved to read. Like me, my mom reads vigorously. My dad also loved to read. Their love of reading passed to me. It’s a gift I’m most thankful for. But, my love spans more than reading and writing. Being around others who share the same interest lifts my spirit. I visited with Curt, Colleen, and Rodney at their respective booths, and bought a book from each.
My hope is you get to the place in your life where it’s more than just reading and writing. It’s enjoying others and experiencing new things. It’s living!
Sherry Perkins has been published in magazines and newspapers across the state of Louisiana. She loves speaking to people, organizing, being supportive of others, and working hard. Sherry is the 2011 President of Bayou Writers Group and conference coordinator for the November conference--A Bridge to Publication.