Friday, April 4, 2014

A to Z '14 - Devotion

For this year's A to Z Challenge, I am honoring my grandfather who passed away on April 3, 2013.

D is for Devotion.

My grandfather was the embodiment of devotion. Married to my grandmother for over 70 years when he passed, he was still as madly in love with her as they day he married her.

He was devoted to his work. He started working at fifteen and didn't fully retire until he was about 80. His hard work and perseverance paid off. A self-made man, he worked his way up the corporate ladder from mail room to CEO.

He was devoted to his family. He always made time for us. He played with us, took care of us, supported us, educated us. He gave us everything we needed and then some. He was more than just a provider. He was a devoted family man.

Devotion is of the utmost importance nowadays. In a society where we emphasize looking out for number one, we have forgotten the importance of devotion to others. You cannot have a marriage or partnership without devotion. You cannot have a family without devotion. Without some sort of devotion, all of our relationships would wither and die.

My books are about characters who are devoted to their lovers, friends and families. These characters understand true devotion because I had the best role model to draw from.

D is for devotion.

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