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Dawn Damalas Meehan is a single mom living in Orlando with her six children, ages 17 to 6. She's the author of Because I Said So and You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth). When she's not blogging, she can be found playing chauffeur, getting buried under a mountain of laundry, or explaining to her kids why they can't have an indoor Slip 'N Slide or a pet squirrel.

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Some People are Just Destined for Greatness

By Dawn Damalas Meehan |

I’m often asked if I always knew I wanted to be a writer.  I don’t know that I ever really considered writer as a career option.  You know, because I like to eat.  And pay my bills.  And buy extravagant things like socks.  Thinking back to my childhood, however, I remember telling stories frequently.  Usually, my stories consisted of nuggets like, “No, I didn’t hit my sister; the wind knocked her over” and “Yes, yes I did finish all my homework, Mom.”  What can I say?  I was creative with the fiction.

But I have some proof of my budding genius-like story-telling skills.  My mom saved a box of old papers, art projects, report cards, and stories from my grade school days.  Now and then I like to pull them out and reminisce.  I’m always shocked by what I find though.  Somehow, the glorious report cards I remember have changed over the years and now include all sorts of negative comments from my teachers.  The amazing artwork I created back in the day, falls flat when I admire it these days.  And the stories I once considered brilliant masterpieces are well, not quite the epic sagas I remember.  Case in point – here’s a book I penned when I was in the third grade.

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Some People are Just Destined for Greatness

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What an intriguing title. And not the least bit redundant. I'm happy to report that I have since learned how to spell "weird".

I think it’s pretty obvious that even back then, I was headed for literary mediocrity greatness. With skills like those, I was clearly destined to be a writer. Or you know, a sociopath. Six of one, half dozen . . .

Now I’ve gotta go because the wheels in my head are already spinning with ideas for a sequel! Ah, such is the life of a novelist.

Buy my books. You can hang them on hooks. They’re so much fun to read! They’re something you need! They’re the best thing in town. (Well, next to the clown.) Because I Said So and You’ll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth).

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8 thoughts on “Some People are Just Destined for Greatness

  1. Donna W says:

    I still misspell weird. Thank goodness for spell-check.

  2. ascapecodturns says:

    Literary genius! Juggling meat? You could work for Lady Gaga. Maybe today will be a crazy, weird, funny day….

  3. Sarah says:

    Love it. Thanks for making me laugh! :)

  4. Poornima says:

    Oh God, I think I might die laughing now…don’t remember when I laughed so much last time. You indeed are a genius…

    Dawn, I discovered your blog 10 minutes ago (while googling for “mom of 6″, don’t ask!). And I have been laughing hard for the last 10 mins non stop. I am already in love…I am soo buying your books first thing tomorrow (its close to 2 am where I live).

    Thank you so much for this post…you made my day (or night!).

    Love
    Poornima

  5. sara says:

    Is it just me, or does this story somewhat resemble “Wacky Wednesday” by Dr. Seuss (as Theo Lesiug)?

  6. Kila says:

    Love it! Can’t wait for the sequel!

  7. Mick says:

    Dawn I keep wondering if you Chicago house ever sold? I hope so.

  8. MPMom says:

    It sounds to me like perhaps your favorite book at the time was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” You just put the happier spin on it.

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