When No One Knows Your Heroine


IMG_1955“Look!” I said when my contributor’s copies of the Alive Now Creativity issue landed in my mailbox. “I’m in the same book as Madeleine L’Engle!”

My husband looked at me and said, “Who’s that?”

A few hours later my son said, “Uh, I don’t know what that is, but I’m guessing it’s a famous author.”

My coworker said L’Engle’s name sounded familiar. Everyone thought her book A Wrinkle in Time might be something they’d read. Maybe. But they couldn’t quite remember.

I suppose I’m writing this post in hopes that someone out there does know one of the authors I most admire. I’m hoping others can appreciate the thrill of seeing her name on a devotional with my poem inside. And even if no one else knows of A Wrinkle in Time, I do. I also know of her non-fiction works that filled me with inspiration like A Circle of Quiet.

I love my husband and son. Sometimes it astounds me that our worlds are so different even though we live intertwined. But I suppose Madeleine L’Engle would say that she didn’t need everyone to know her in order to feel complete.  She was wise like that.

I’ll just keep on being happy knowing that her name is on the cover of that Creativity issue. I think she’d be okay with that.