My friend Fehmida Zakeer and I met on Writewords when she joined in 2008 and like so many other writers in those forums, we formed a bond. We read each other’s stories and poetry, critiqued each other’s work and were published in some of the same places. HERE is a look at Findy’s work.
Findy won a short story prize in 2013 and this year published on kindle. Buy it. She’s a great writier and it’s a good read!
But there is nothing quite like meeting someone, hearing their voice, sharing their company. This week we had the great privilege of meeting Findy and her family. For us it was a warm spring day in Northumberland. For them, recently arrived from Chennai, it was freezing cold. No matter how I try I can never explain to people from continental masses, the vicisitudes of the British weather; how it changes from region to region; how we can get four seasons in one day. Luckily my coat fitted her mother 🙂
And we take so much much for granted don’t we? Daffodils, tulips, cherry blossom, magnolia, the green/white flowers of helibores, violets, hyacinths. ‘What are those flowers,’ asked Findy. A host of golden daffodils. It’s difficult to think of reading Wordsworth without having ever seen them like we do, every year. And they are apparently growing right where hogswarts house was! An added bonus.
Fehmida, it was a pleasure. Thanks for coming all this way and for making us part of your world. Hope we meet again. Maybe next time your husband and son can make it.