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I’m Not Meryl Streep

Married fifteen years today, and here’s the thing I believe has made my long-suffering husband’s marriage to a writer a happy one.

Do you know the scene in the film OUT OF AFRICA, where Robert Redford dares Meryl Streep to concoct a story from random bits of information, then he sits and gazes at her in wonder as she weaves a tale of intrigue with the grace and confidence of Scheherazade? Well. My sweet husband looks at me like that. Believe me, that’s love. Because I’m not Meryl.

I’m a writer. I spend all my time in front of a glaring computer, not bathed in candlelight. Some days I forget to run a brush through my hair; typically, I have a foggy expression or a scowl on my face, lost in my struggle to pin down a metaphor. My plots come in starts and stops and my dialogue runs in circles. My characters are stubborn, dull, contradictory and evasive. All of this makes me a crazy person, not a gracious or confident one. When he asks me what I’m writing, more often than not I rattle on about incoherent threads ofย  some dead end idea, or I snap at him that I can’t talk about it. I’m frustrated. I’m afraid. I don’t know if I can take the dare to find the story inside myself.

But he knows. And he looks at me like Robert looked at Meryl.

And then I remember, the story is us.

Lucky girl.

August 18, 2011 - 2:42 pm

Anita - Awww. What a great post! And you two are such a lovely couple. ๐Ÿ™‚ I tell you, it takes a special breed to be a writer’s spouse. LOL

June 27, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Jolina Petersheim - Precious post, Kimberly, and congrats on fifteen years! I recently read a quote about how writers should marry someone they love and who thinks their being a writer’s a good idea. Looks like you hit the jackpot in both, Honey! : )

June 24, 2011 - 11:03 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - How sweet, Kimberly. And a belated happy anniversary to you. We’re coming up on number 11 in October, and my husband definitely thinks I’m crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚

June 23, 2011 - 9:07 pm

Brandi Stagg - Happy Anniversary!

June 23, 2011 - 1:57 pm

Kimberly Brock - Thanks, Hallie! Yes, that is a tiki torch. You’re right, we ARE candlelit! Hawaii, last summer. We’ll be going back to France next month to celebrate our 15 yrs. I’m sooo excited!

June 23, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Kimberly Brock - So excited to see you found me, Ms. Pam! And as for the author compliment – takes one to know one! (See how sophisticated I am?) xo

June 23, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Kimberly Brock - Aw, Sharon. Thanks! And you know you’re a part of it!

June 23, 2011 - 1:21 am

Sharon D. Brock - I am proud to ‘read the real story of you two’ !! Happy Anniversary

June 22, 2011 - 11:41 pm

Pam Mantovani - Congratulations! In this day and age how wonderful to hear someone say she not only likes her spouse but still loves him. You may not be Meryl but you have riches beyond compare….and you’re a heck of an author also!
Best always
Pam

June 22, 2011 - 2:18 pm

Hallie Sawyer - Yay for fifteen years! You guys are adorable and I think way better than Robert and Meryl. ๐Ÿ™‚

And is that a tiki torch in the background? See, you do have candlelight, just a really big one.

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