"Stories of the Ruckus," by Rebecca K. O'Connor (read by Xe Sands) by Xe Sands published on 2013/11/22 21:28:01 +0000 "Stories of the Ruckus," from The Perfectly Trained Parrot, by Rebecca K. O'Connor recorded with permission of the author http://www.blueskywriting.com/ http://www.tfhpublications.com/bird/the-perfectly-trained-parrot.htm Today is my 43rd birthday. Screw this not-naming-your-age malarkey. I'm naming and claiming it! One thing I have NOT wanted to name and claim is the death of my grandparents, or rather, their absence. Nope. Nuh-uh. No way the two people who seemed to see only the beauty in me, despite so very many failings and screw-ups could possibly be gone, along with all their stories. No. Way. So when the fabulous friend and author Rebecca K. O'Connor offered to let me record one of the mini essays that she included in her excellent, The Perfectly Trained Parrot, it felt like a birthday present of its own - and a sign. She recommended this particular story...and once I read it, I realized that I understood exactly how she felt. It's my hope that somehow, someway, her gift to me will help me to finally realize that my grandparents love and stories haven't gone anywhere...that I just need to open to them again. Thank you, Rebecca.