Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Jeanette Pokes Fun at Herself - Virtual Luncheon - Part 6
"By the way, I want the Triple Chocolate Strate AND the Raspberry Cheesecake. I'll share. I promise."
I look at her and shake my head. "I don't think I'll have room for all that dessert. The Black Tie cake is my favorite."
After the server takes our order, I turn to Jen. "I'm so glad I brought a notebook with me. Otherwise, I'd never remember all these great responses.
"How has the column affected Kevin and your children?"
Jen pulls an index card from her purse, and gets a mischievous grin on her face. "I came prepared, Suze. When you said you wanted to pick our brains, I wrote down some thoughts."
Rhonda and I get the giggles, and we're all gasping for breath by the time dessert arrives. I wipe my eyes. "Oh, I needed a good laugh. Being with two of the funniest ladies on the Internet does have its advantages. Okay, Jen, let's hear it."
Jen takes a bite of the Triple Chocolate Strata and is rendered speechless for a few seconds. Using her fork for emphasis, she says, "This is fantabulous! You've got to try some." She pokes my arm. "Even if it's only a bite.
Back to your question, Suze. Because I use my family as story characters, people know them better than they would otherwise. But then, Kevin gets back at me in the pulpit on Sunday if I've picked on him in the column. It's all fun. A man once thought I picked on him too much, and told me so, but Kevin's a good sport. He'd let me know if I'd gone too far."
I'm scribbling notes, but put my pen down to sample the Black Tie cake. I close my eyes and get lost in the moment. I don't care if I have to live at the gym for six months. This was worth it. I open my eyes to find Rhonda and Jen watching me and holding back the guffaws with the help of a hand over their mouths. "Okay, okay, so I'm enjoying this cake." I smirk. "I'm glad you guys gave me permission to order it."
...to be continued.
Questions for the Reader: Do you ever include family stories in your writing? If you're a fiction writer, do you use favorite expressions/words of loved ones? Feel free to expand on my questions.