inspiring parents,

Jack and Kitty

My family is my inspiration, past and present. While researching my ancestry, I came up with the idea for the series of books I’m writing at the moment. There is so much to learn from the past and I cherish every story that has been passed down to us from our parents and grandparents.

My parents, Jack and Kitty, are as creative and inventive in their eighties as they were in their twenties. My sisters and myself have learned to be industrious and positive from their example. I hope that if I live to be the age they are now, that I have even half of their energy, enthusiasm for life and zest for learning. It would be a wonderful thing, upon reaching my eighties, to find that I have been an inspiration to my own children and grandchildren – and if I live long enough, even my great grandchildren.
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Thank you Mum and Dad

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inspiration.”

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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15 Responses to Inspiration

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Those are great photos. Your father looks like he’s quietly on a mission and your mother is beautiful. Lessons learned from our parents and grandparents are the things that help us in special ways. they are also the things that make us unique. Great post.

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  2. lillian says:

    This is lovely. I’ve just meandered your site a bit…..I love your photo in About — and find a kinship to you “finding” your writing in a more serious way in the more recent years…..and especially give a nod to your thanks to a former teacher. We have many similarities πŸ™‚
    “Autism” — what an absolutely beautiful piece. So heartfelt and poignantly penned. And these words in “Leave-Taking”: “….no one saw my tears. I have saved each salty drop to caste upon a seed of hope, reluctantly sown.” I can connect with these words in so many ways….leave-taking takes many forms, right? And the salt is in the tears themselves, not just the tears shed in the briney seaside…but those also shed in a cold room, heavily laden with floral scent, while grieving a loss.
    So very glad I happened upon your site.
    In terms of Inspiration here…..I just recently finished going through historical photos and making albums for my two children (now 38 and 40 — how did that happen??)….at the same time, tracing our ancestlry on my side and my husband’s. It’s quite something to look upon these faces…eslpecially the old black and whites from the earliest days of photography. I hope you’ll show your parents this page of your blog — a wonderful testament to them as parents, friends and individuals.
    Happy I am to have met you this AM over my morning cup of coffee. Hope to see you again! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you so much for such a warm and heartfelt comment. I am delighted that you found my blog and it’s wonderful to be able to make a connection. I think we do have a lot of things in common, from what you say in your comment. I was just on your blog and followed it, I love your alternative word for retirement – rejuvenatement. Brilliant.

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  3. Kashpals says:

    Awesome post on this week’s theme. ‘Family is my inspiration, past and present.’ Very true. πŸ™‚

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  4. Great post Jean, truly inspiring.

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  5. pattimoed says:

    What lovely photos of them! How wonderful it must be to have inspiring parents. I love your mom’s smile.

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    • Thanks Patti, she still has the same cheeky smile that she had as a child. The cover on one of my books, ‘A Pocket Full of Shells’ is from an old photograph of my mum and her brother take about 78 years ago and she looks full of mischief even as a toddler. πŸ™‚

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  6. It must be that ‘divil-may-care’ attitude a lot of Irish are known for πŸ˜‰

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  7. Nice post recognizing a strong family connection. πŸ™‚


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