Grandparents: Don’t Underestimate Your Impact
I still haven’t replied to all the emails I received from this post!
When asked who people would talk to again if they were able to visit with Returns like Sam & Amelia Rockwell, the response was overwhelming. I still have dozens of emails I want to reply to. Folks from all over the world shared stories of love and loss. Deceased spouses, children, brothers, sisters, parents (we’ll get to grandparents later)…almost everyone had a loved one they desperately wished to talk to again.
And why? To hear a voice again, or a laugh. To just fill the person in on everything that’s happened.
To say, “I’m okay.”
To say, “I’m sorry.”
To introduce children, husbands, and wives.
In one case, to tell the 9/11 hijackers off!
But the overwhelming response was the desire to speak to Grandfathers and Grandmothers again.
There was a profound sense of appreciation directed toward faithful Grandmothers who diligently prayed for their grandchildren and sought for them to know the peace of God. For wise grandfathers who always had time to listen and share seasoned advice. And it wasn’t even close. The vast majority of responses named a grandparent as the person they’d most like to speak to again.
So…if you have the good fortune, talk to your grandparents while you still can. Ask them about their lives, their trials and triumphs.
And grandparents…know that your love and efforts aren’t in vain. It may not seem like it’s making a difference now, but it will. Boy, will it ever. I think I ready thirty emails from grandchildren last night that detailed a profound thanks for the love and effort put into their lives. Persevere.
When I was a new author, I knew the success of ’til Death was an anomaly. Most first books don’t sell as well as it did–not that there’s a movie coming or anything–but it did better than all right. I was never entirely sure why, though. Was it nostalgia? The humor? The lighthearted budding romance between Sam & Amelia? Maybe in part, but I think spurring people to daydream about who they would love to come back as a Return and what they’d do with them and tell them…I’m so thankful to have provided that sort of experience.
Wisecracking Private Detective Sam Rockwell is running for his life, but that doesn’t keep him from taking the case of a Return who’s slipped past Heaven’s radar and overstayed his time on earth. Together with his fiancé, Amelia, Sam brawls and dances his way through San Francisco to unravel a zany mystery where nothing is what it seems at first blush.
The laughs and silver screen thrills of Jason Anspach’s signature 1950s Cold War tale of Hollywood noire are back in this madcap sequel as Sam and Amelia return once again to right wrongs, solve crimes, send the dead off to their proper eternity, and maybe, set a date for their wedding! The Maltese Falcon meets It’s a Mad Mad Mad world in this smart and witty paranormal romp.