Serendipity, Social Media, & Sunday Brunch


I wanted a sketch for my blog.

Nothing fancy. Just a pen and ink drawing. I asked the only person I knew who could do this. Quite easily, too. I thought he was actually going to do it. I wanted so badly for him to come through for me. But he didn’t. Or wouldn’t. Or couldn’t. I don’t know. And so it was with much disappointment and upset that I fell into a silly hole of self pity. I needed a big, fat helping of get-over-it.

What I received instead was an email. It was from a fabulous tweep, Geoff Le Pard. He had no idea I wanted an image for my new blog. When what to my wondering eyes did appear? An attachment for me and a note of good cheer.

Over Sunday brunch, Geoff and his nephew were discussing a post I had written about social media. I mentioned that when I do too many things at once, they all suck. Especially when the things I still needed to do were piled on top of my head. Lisa Reiter commented that this would make a great cartoon. Geoff’s nephew, who I will call Peter (because that is his name), happens to be an artist. While eating an apple crumble, Peter quickly scribbled an image of what he imagined my life to be. Scribbles by talented people can be quite impressive. That is what arrived with Geoff’s email.

Serendipity is such fun.

I cried. Then I sent a gushy email back about how wonderful they both were and how the timing bordered on magical.

With a few minor alterations (like adding lots of wine and getting rid of some of those roundish metal things with handles that go on the stove), the drawing was perfect.

I am so grateful to Geoff and his nephew, Peter, for providing this incredible image. For me. To use however I wish. I feel like Cinderella. Without the dress or shoes or pumpkin carriage… Okay, I don’t feel like Cinderella at all. It’s the fairy godmother thing I was thinking of. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo!

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Isn’t she awesome?

Geoff said to think of this as a random act of kindness or a pay it forward. And so I will. But what can I offer? I can’t draw so sending a beautiful work of art to you is out. I can drink coffee while getting my shoes on and blowing an 8-yr-old’s nose. (Not helpful, but true and pretty impressive if I do say so myself.) Going through the list here… I can play Mary Had a Little Lamb on the piano. If I try really hard, I can probably fail fifth grade math. Oh, hell, I’m talentless.

Here’s what’s going to happen. If you comment on this post, I will randomly choose one of you for a pay it forward. I will send The Chosen One a brand new copy of Matchless by Gregory Maguire (bestselling author of  Wicked, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and many other fantastic novels—he’s brilliant). Matchless is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Little Match Girl”. I read this. I loved this. I bought extra copies of this (for friends, family, and apparently an unforeseen give-away).


“Matchless glows with aching beauty…An eloquent retelling…A wonderful gift.” – Huntsville Times

The Peter Le Pard Pay It Forward:
This is, of course, international. Last date to enter a comment for the book is November 12th. I will contact the lucky recipient via email and will make a goofy announcement in the comment section. 🙂


18 thoughts on “Serendipity, Social Media, & Sunday Brunch

  1. Talentless? Being able to drink coffee, put on your shoes, and blow an eight-year-olds nose all at the same time,is like superhero status in my book.

    What a wonderful depiction of a quiet day in the house of a mom! 🙂
    How sweet of Geoff’s nephew! The world needs more of the Peter Le Pard Pay It Forward’s.

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    • Ha! I’m the coffee-drinking, nose-blowing, shoe-wearing superhero. Just what I’ve always dreamed of. 😉 The coffee is usually in a travel mug when I perform this trick so it’s slightly less impressive.

      It was so thoughtful and kind of Geoff to think of this and of Peter to sketch this out. (Geez! He’s talented.) The world does need more RAKs and PIFs. ❤

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  2. Serendipity rocks, especially the people it brings into our lives! What an awesome sketch and an even more spectacular act. I love that you made it into something meaningful with the The Peter Le Pard Pay It Forward declaration and act. That’s another talent to add to your list!

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    • It’s powerful stuff. I received the sketch within a few days of my pity-party. And I love it.

      Thanks. 🙂 I was going to do something for the PIF around here (and I will) but decided I really wanted to pay it forward online for my tweeps / fellow bloggers.


  3. Did you ever watch the movie Serendipty with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack? Completely cute and amazing. Makes me cry.

    Serendipity is the best. I love when synchronicity is at work. And just Wow. Awesome story and I love the pic. It definitely fits mom’s everywhere. Although, I think we pay it forward everyday just by getting through the day without blowing anything up.

    And as for Matchless, I love that story, too. Maguire is incredible. And, obviously, serendipity was working through you by buying the extra book. 😉

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    • I haven’t but I adore John Cusack. I’ll put that one on my list.

      Serendipity (fate/coincidence — whatever you want to call it) is pretty awesome. Agreed. Something was up the day I got that extra book. Maguire is a word wizard. He also illustrated this little treasure and I love the line art he uses.

      Haha! Paying it forward daily by keeping everything intact… I can see that. 😉

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  4. I wouldn’t call you talentless at all. I’d call you, AWESOME.

    Sorry the original artist didn’t pull through, but yes, Serendipity is amazing. So glad you got to share Geoff and Peter’s picture. They’re awesome, she’s awesome, and you’re awesome.

    Have an awesome day.

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  5. I can’t figure out how to post an image in the comment section but I’m finding all sorts of cool emoticons. So, there’s that. 😎

    A cute kitty 🐱 and a teddy bear 🐻

    Also, some less cuddly ones: 👿 Mwa-ha-ha! 😈

    Okay, I have stuff and things to do! 😮 See you tomorrow morning. Same bat time, same bat channel. 🙄


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