Have you ever really wanted something and come – oh! – so close to having it, or doing it, or seeing it? That happened to me recently. You see, I’ve always wanted to see a moose in the wild.
I love moose! I have a huge moose painting above my bed. I drink coffee from my favorite moose mug every morning. I have a beloved moose t-shirt and moose flannel pants. My dinnerware even has moose on it. Yup. I love moose.
Last month I missed it by a day. We pulled in to Brimley State Park in Brimley, Michigan, on a Sunday evening. While setting up camp, another camper walked by and told us of the moose in the park the day before and where we could find the hoof prints.
Camera in hand, I made my way to the spot she’d told me about. And sure enough. There they were. Moose prints. Dang. That old saying of “a day late and a dollar short” about summed up my feelings. Still, I got this nifty photo of my foot next to the moose print.
I haven’t given up my dream of seeing a moose in the wild. Just like I haven’t given up my dream of having a book published. Will it happen? I hope so. But it’ll only happen if I put myself in the right place at the right time. I’m not going to see a moose if I never enter the woods and swamps. And I’m not going to see a book published if I don’t submit them to publishers.
Between moose and publishers. . .I think the moose are less scary. 😉