Somber and Silly

I am as I am. I tend to be a contradiction and this post is typical of that.

Somber first, to get it out of the way.

My family experienced a terrible loss this last week. After more than ten years of fighting far too many incursions of cancer in far too many places, my mother passed away due to complications from chemo. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and your caring. I told very few the details, but many of you were extra kind. Please know that it was noticed and it helped. If you ever have the chance, please consider donating or volunteering for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. They do good work against a sinister thing than touches far too many families.

I have a large magnet and a t-shirt that both say “Save the Ta-Tas.” My son is too embarrassed to let me put the magnet on the back of our vehicle, so it’s on the fridge. I sent Mom a coffee mug (she drank coffee like I do) with a pink ribbon that said “My Mom is My Hero.” She always will be.

Okay, so that’s the somber.

Now with the silly!

Here are my lies… erm… statements from the “Creative Writer” Award:

  1. I was a pogo stick champion in fourth grade.
  2. I can juggle three oranges, but chainsaws are out of the question.
  3. I spent time with an exiled King.
  4. I loved my vacation in New Zealand and hope to return.
  5. I paint landscapes with watercolors.
  6. I have been married twice.
  7. I’ve been a coffee fiend since my teens.

Can you pick out the truth? DonP did. Yes, it’s true that I spent time with an exiled King. King Leka I of Albania and his entourage came to the office of the Congressman for whom I was interning. (I may have been the youngest intern, at least to that point. I was fourteen.) I was introduced to him and did the polite thing: stuck my hand out to shake his. I had no idea who he was as I hadn’t checked the schedule that morning! He very kindly shook my hand. Tall man, very big hands. (You know what that means, don’t you? Big… socks.) I escorted him and his entourage of several well-dressed men over to the Capital building to meet with the Congressman. As I walked away upon being dismissed, I heard, “Your Majesty, this is…” and I nearly fainted. I actually got lost in the office building for a moment when I returned, I was so shaken.

So there you go. Some somber, some silly and even perhaps a little sweetness thrown in. Thanks for sticking with me.


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12 thoughts on “Somber and Silly

  1. Don February 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm Reply

    I knew it, I knew it!! 😀


    • Jessica Rosen February 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm Reply

      You did, you did! I’m impressed. Everyone else guessed the red herrings.

      Take care,


  2. Jamie D. (@Variety Pages) February 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm Reply

    Wow! What a great story – and a King, no less! Talk about story fodder…

    (Big hands – LOL) 😉

    My condolences on the passing of your mother. 😦


    • Jessica Rosen February 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm Reply

      Thank you and thank you.

      I should probably go back and make little commentaries on the lies, but hey… a girl likes some mystery in her life.

      Take care,


  3. thatannegirl February 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm Reply


    I am so sorry to hear about your lost. If there is anything you need please feel free to contact me. I just started dealing with the Komen foundation through the 3 day for the cure and am amazed by how wonderful they are. I am glad they have been able to help you as well.
    Also, that is an awesome story about the king =)


    • Jessica Rosen February 22, 2010 at 9:30 pm Reply

      Thanks very much, Anne. I appreciate the offer. Good for you, working with them for the Three Day for the Cure!

      Once I stopped hyperventilating, I thought the King thing was pretty cool, too.

      Take care,


  4. Don P February 23, 2010 at 2:42 am Reply

    omg, I am a complete idiot for not having given my sincere condolences. *hug*


    • Jessica Rosen February 23, 2010 at 2:46 am Reply

      Don’t waste a moment’s thought on it. I loved your enthusiasm that you got the right one! … but I’m glad for the hug, too. Thanks.

      Take care,


  5. Erica February 23, 2010 at 4:56 am Reply

    Oh honey, I’m so sorry about your mother. Sounds like she was a heck of a fighter! I’ll be thinking of you. Oh man, I never would have guessed that one – how exciting! You know what I’m finding out is we all have some really cool stuff that has happened to us.

    *hugs* if you need anything ya just holla kay? We inkwell’s are always there for each other!


    • Jessica Rosen February 23, 2010 at 4:59 am Reply

      Thanks a bunch, Erica. Promise I’ll remember it. I changed my links around earlier. Inkwell Crew has its own category now!

      Take care,


  6. Anne Tyler Lord February 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm Reply

    Jessica, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. It sounds like she had a long hard road of illness. I had no idea. I wish you and your family peace during this difficult time.


    • Jessica Rosen February 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm Reply

      Thank you, Anne. That’s very thoughtful of you and appreciated.

      Take care,


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