A huge surprise

Last Week I was interviewed by our local paper for the book I recently published. I think I had posted about it in April or May. Anyway the interview went good. I thought like always, (well, somewhat always), the write up would appear as a small little paragraph on one of the last pages.
Yesterday, after I returned home from my weekly luncheon deal with my friends the seven retired physicians, I came to my computer. There were several messages congratulating me on the write up about me. I hadn’t received the news paper yet so didn’t know anything about it. Then there were some calls and all of them gushing over, “nice photo, ” or great “write up”. I didn’t know what the hoopla was about. Then M came home and brought the newspaper in. He said, “Hey, you are on the front page!” My jaw dropped.
Sayeed my son was in the grocery store and at the checkout register, while he was paying the bill, he looked at the paper in the shelf near by, and sort of yelled ” OMG! That is my mom!” Small town people know all about every one, so many of the people at the registers shouted back saying, “We knoww!” Every one was giving high fives to Sayeed.

This afternoon Saadia my daughter texted me. She said, “A Facebook message from Dwain ‘Doc’ Preston.. I think you know him. He is a beloved retired teacher.” And she forwarded his message.

“PLEASE tell your mother that I. read the article in last night’s paper, AND that I bought a Kindle version and started reading it. I cannot tell you how much I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!!!! I just keep reading it and highlighting something on almost every page. She has touched my heart!!!”

Isn’t that so sweet. I was humbled. Here is what I am talking about. If you want to read it, you can go to whig.com and read the article.

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About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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25 Responses to A huge surprise

  1. slmret says:

    Congratulations, Zakiah! Is there a better link — the one in your post took me to today’s Whig, but it’s a day later than the article.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Janet. If I go to whig.com and click on today’s edition in the sub headings, a whole lot of front pages appear, including mine. But when I clicked on it, it wanted the email address and password. Pfftt.
      I will send you a paper by snail mail today. So many friends have brought me the papers and the clippings.

      • slmret says:

        Thank you so much — with Carolyn’s help (below), I was able to find and read the article. What a lovely article, and what a great boost for your book, which I loved!

    • Zakiah says:

      I have just mailed the paper to you Janet. Sorry about that. Please don’t think I am trying to blow my own trumpet. πŸ™‚ ❀ ❀

  2. Congrats, SweeZ! What a precious honor! πŸ™‚ And all well deserved! πŸ™‚
    I love what your son said and how the people around him responded! πŸ™‚
    The article is great! I enjoyed reading it! The man who wrote it did a good job and your photo is wonderful! (I went to the newspaper’s site and I typed your name in their search engine and the article popped right up!)
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn. Could you please spell that out so, Janet above can view the article? I thought if we went to the date (19th AUgust it might show up.)
      Hugs.

    • slmret says:

      Thanks, Carolyn — I don’t know why I didn’t look for a search engine!

      • You’re welcome! πŸ™‚ It’s such a wonderful article!

      • I got a message from Angy (cocosangel) and she said this…

        “I have been seen notices about new posts, but unfortunately I cannot comment. For some reason I am blocked on WordPress.com! I don’t know why??? You can let everyone know, that I cannot get into posts, and that is why I have been silent.”

        If you know of anyone else who comments her posts, would you let them know?
        Thank you! πŸ™‚

  3. mrswrangler says:

    Congrats on your front page.

  4. murisopsis says:

    I read the article and it is wonderful! I’m going to Barnes & Noble this weekend and will be looking for it! You do write so beautifully but it is because the words flow from your heart – and we are privileged to get a glimpse of that generous and loving heart in the pages! I can’t wait to get a physical copy in my hands.

  5. JojoBean says:

    How awesome – what appreciation from family and friends… lovely to hear how much people admire your writing! Congratulations πŸ™‚

  6. Pure awesomeness. Congratulations. I have the kindle version and am slowly reading..Thus far, I love it. πŸ˜‰

  7. I am so happy for you , Zakiah , but this honor is so much deserved !
    I dare not tell you how much I compliment you. I am proud to be friend with you.
    Love ❀
    Michel

  8. Zakiah says:

    Michel one word of encouragement and compliment is worth a million words of gratitude from me. You have been such a marvelous influence and inspiration in all our lives on Xanga and WP. I am humbled by your friendship and your wisdom. I wish I could have met you when I
    went up and down the beautiful French country side.
    Best wishes to you and Janine for a wonderful life of health and happiness. Love ❀ ❀ ❀ <3.
    Zakiah.

  9. I’m late to this – my apologies.

    You made the front page – wow, that is awesome! I just finished reading the article and I hope you continue to write.

  10. r_hsw says:

    CONGRATS!! sorry for this belated message.

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