Thursday, December 23, 2010

Day Four: Beth Hoffman

Day Four: When I first had the pleasure of meeting Beth Hoffman on Facebook I was instantly struck by the beauty of her spirit and heart. I had heard much about her book "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt," and decided that I really had to read it.

In it's pages I met many characters that both reminded me of my own background and were so full of vibrancy and life bringing tears of joy and sorrow to my eyes. To write Oletta, Aunt Tootie and CeeCee takes a person that possesses a deep soul and a understanding of both a twelve year old and adults from different backgrounds. I cannot say enough about how much her book touched me. How I loved her characters and her for giving us all a chance to meet them.

Beth herself shares a love of life and furbabies with me. She has the ability to warm your heart and soul in places that you might not have even realized were lonely. Giving unreservedly to all her friends a sense of belonging and validation of who they are. Beth's soul shines through with each and every person she touches.

Listening to her radio appearances or reading her interviews, I learned of her many moves as a child, the raisins in her ears and the serious illness that nearly robbed us all of the light that is Beth Hoffman.

Beth has a unique ability to make us all feel at home and welcome, with a mixture of the Old Southern charm so lost in today's world she gives us a sense of being wanted.

In these last few months she has taken the time to look at the picture of a baby bird that I found, shared the mutual loss of beloved furbabies and triumphs with our literature. All the while carrying a tasking load of interviews, booksignings and tours.

She is an amazing woman and author. I am honored to call her my friend and I am blessed she also calls me friend.

Thank you Beth Hoffman for being the delightful woman, writer and friend that you are to all of us. Thank you for your support and generousity of spirit that has allowed me into your life bringing with you a kinship, a sense of humor and joy to me and all you touch.

2 comments:

  1. Marta,
    You are wonderful and Beth is wonderful--both of you are so good at appreciation and gratitude. It's a blessing to have the example Beth sets for love of all beings, it radiates from her and we get to bask in it's glow.
    Love and Blessings Marta.

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  2. Oh my gosh, Marta! What gorgeous words -- I don't what I ever did to deserve them! Thank you so much for your lovely and truly surprising act of kindness. I'm deeply touched.

    Many blessings to you, sweet friend. xo

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