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NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
MOON PHASE FULL.
Here I am, on the last day of this month. This month, which has been filled with bittersweet memories for me. It has been a month of success and sadness rolled into one big ball of living.
I observe lots of different reactions to this thing called life and I find some of them totally get on my nerves. But when I look at the big picture and ask myself why that is I realize that some of what I’m observing of others bothers me because I used to be the person they’re projecting at this time in their lives. When I think about it in that way I’m reminded that a lot of people worked tirelessly to help me through those darker times and that now I’m in the light again it’s my turn to work tirelessly to pull others through. After all, isn’t that why I wrote my book?
Speaking of my book, whilst November has been speeding along from one thing and feeling to the next, so has my career as a Self-Published Author and Social Media Marketer. I’ve published a new book and had a lovely party launching it out into the World for All to Enjoy.
I’ve gained some new Totally Talented Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist) family member clients and seen some I’ve had with me for a time Enjoy new Successes of their own.
My Email groups found on groups.io have grown and are Livelier than ever and this makes me Super Happy because to be truthful, Email is easier for me to deal with when communicating large bites of information. I’m hopeful to keep Growing these groups so I’ll have a place to Engage with those with whom I’m likeminded.
Today, the weather is forecast to be nasty and this morning, I found myself sadly grateful I didn’t have to go out into it. At the same time, I stated “I’d do it right here and now if my Bubba were here and I’d be glad I did.”
Then, I remembered a dream I had about Campbell the night before and I had to think on it for a bit before I could truly grasp its meaning. The dream went like this…
It began with me in the main building of the Tennessee School for the Blind. I couldn’t walk on my own. I was in a futuristic powerchair. One which was controlled by my thoughts. I thought about where I wanted to go, and it took me there.
I had an urgent need to get to a phone. I had no smartphone with me. I knew there was a phone in the science room on the first floor in the north end of the building and I knew I must get to it right away. As I rolled down the hall toward my destination, I heard someone fall in step behind me. I was moving so quickly, they had to run to keep up. Just as I entered the section of the building I wanted, I heard the double doors I’d passed through moments before snick shut behind me and the fluorescent lights buzz to life as the light switch was thrown. I wheeled my chair around to face my pursuer and a woman’s voice said, “I’m sorry Patty, I had to talk to you privately and this was the only way to do it.
Just then I heard a clicking noise off to the left which sounded all too familiar. Turning I gasped, “Campbell!” and the big dog was there beside me panting with the exertion of trying to catch up to me. His whole body trembled with the effort of it and he wabbled in his attempt to stand. “My Bubba. What are you doing here? I released you. You need not live in this old sick hurting body any longer. I don’t want this for you.”
Suddenly, the location of the dream changed. I was in a hospital bed. The woman who had pursued me was by my side and Campbell was trying feebly to climb onto the bed with me. “Campbell. Sweetheart. You need not do this. I let you go. Did they not really put you to sleep? Did they bring you back? Why in all hell would someone do that? You were suffering mightily, I let you go. You’re free!”
The woman spoke saying, “Sometimes we just can’t let them go. I suppose he is trying to continue to do the job he was sent here to do for you from the other side.”
“But that is unfair!” I protested.
“Yes, it is. But if he is tethered to you, that is how it will be for him.”
“No! No! I don’t want this!”
Then, it was morning, and I was awake shivering in my bed. The wind and rain howled and pounded against my window as it had on the last day of Campbell’s life. I sat up and I knew that my wishing for my sweet Bubba each day as I’d been doing was the wrong thing. The dream, though painful had shown me what needed to be done. I know now that it is fine to remember him. To teach others of how he came to be but that I must do it in such a way that honors him and not keep him unfairly with me. I must let him go onto the land of the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. Where he can truly be free. This must be done not only so he can be free to live the next part of his journey but so I can be free to live the next part of mine.
“I’m sorry Bubba. I was unfair to you.” I said as I brushed out my hair in front of the dresser where his box of ashes, fluff of fur and pawprint sat. “I’m sorry that I kept hold of your leash after promising you freedom.”
As the rain fell and the wind blew outside my window, I heard a distant tinkling, and I knew that all was right with our worlds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND HER WORK…
Using a mix of humor, heartbreak, and courageous honesty, author Patty L. Fletcher weaves a tale designed to educate and entertain.
In this, the first book in her memoir trilogy, Pathway to Freedom Broken and Healed: Book One: How a Seeing Eye Dog Retrieved My Life, Second Edition, Patty shares how her decision to gain complete independence with the help of The Seeing Eye Guide Dog school in Morris Town New Jersey reveals to her a glimpse into worlds she had never before known existed.
Once home from guide dog school with her loveable Labrador King Campbell Lee, A.K.A. Bubba, life has revelations in store for Patty about herself and her fiancé she could hardly have believed were possible. Some are wonderful; others are disturbing, but all will change her life forever.
In the end, she finds freedom in ways that were, for her, totally unexpected.
ABOUT PATTY L. FLETCHER…
Patty Fletcher is a single mother with a beautiful daughter, of whom she is enormously proud. She has a great son-in-law and six beautiful grandchildren. From April 2011 through September 2020 she owned and handled a black Labrador from The Seeing Eye® named King Campbell Lee Fletcher A.K.A. Bubba. Sadly, after a long battle with illness on September 24, 2020 King Campbell went to the Rainbow Bridge where all is peace and love. It is her hope to one day return to The Seeing Eye® for a successor guide.
Patty was born one and a half months premature. Her blindness was caused by her being given too much oxygen in the incubator. She was partially sighted until 1991, at which time she lost her sight due to an infection after cataract surgery and high eye pressure. She used a cane for 31 years before making the change to a guide dog.
WHERE SHE LIVES AND WORKS…
Currently, Patty lives and works in Kingsport, Tenn.
She’s the creator and owner of Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing (Author, Blogger, Business Assist), The Writer’s Grapevine Online Magazine and the creator and host of the Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing Podcast.
Patty writes with the goal of bridging the great chasm which separates the disabled from the non-disabled.
Patty’s hobbies include reading, music, and attending book clubs via Zoom.
Some of her favorite types of tunes are classic rock, rhythm and blues, and classic country.
Patty enjoys fantasy, science fiction, and books about the supernatural. She loves books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Norah Roberts, and many more. Some favorite books include Norah Roberts’ Hide Away, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series.
Patty describes herself as a spiritual Walker. She says she knows both Mother Goddess and Father God and embraces all they have to offer.
SMASHWORDS LINK: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/PattyFletcher
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- Would you like to know more about The Seeing Eye® how it came to be and the work that continues 90 years later? I’ve got you covered. Not long ago, I was Pleased and Privileged to visit with long-time Seeing Eye® staff member Walter Sutton and here is the result of that interview.
Talk to Tell-It-To-The-World Marketing chats with Senior Manager of Instruction and Training Walter Sutton from The Seeing Eye®
NOV 26, 2020 SEASON 2
In this episode, Senior Manager of Instruction and Training at The Seeing Eye Walt Sutton shares with us information on The Seeing Eye, how it began and its journey through to present day.
He also talks about his work with the school, and the process for applying to and participating in the training program.
Cover Art is of Walt Sutton and a Beautiful German Shepherd on his front porch together.
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- Photos in this post are…
- Walter Sutton on his front porch with a beautiful German Shepherd.
- Pathway to Freedom eBook Cover
Oh my, the cover is awesome. The pathway is made of cobbled stone, cracked and crumbling as it leads out of a cave. It is dark and dank in the cave, with moss and dirt covering the ground and thorn-covered vines creeping up the walls. Look forward, we see the path bathed in sunlight, and it seems to mend as it climbs the grassy hill towards a bench set beneath a tall tree. To the right of this bench, also draped in sunlight, waits a friend who has never turned from said path, but in fact helped to guide us along it. From darkness to light, King Campbell was there through it all.
Cover Designer Mara Reitsma of COVERED BY THE ROSE Contractor for Plaisted Publishing House
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