I received this letter from my childhood friend Candace last week that I decided to share with you because it almost brought me to tears.
Here’s her letter:
“There was an article in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal that caught my attention. It was by Robert A. Iger, CEO of Walt Disney Company, and talked about leisure time. Walt Disney was quoted and I thought of you..
`As Walt also predicted, people's need to be entertained with storytelling has endured; We gravitate to the universal stories that bind us-tales of adventure, heroism and love, tales that provide comfort and escape. Great storytelling still remains the bedrock of great entertainment.’
And although Walt Disney made that statement in 1956, Mr Iger concludes that he `share(s) Walt Disney's optimism and his belief that whatever lies ahead, it will be defined by great storytelling. Just like it has always been.’
Looks like you have an enduring skill, there, Kate... a job security that is defined by the human race... the need for love, adventure, escape, heroism, comfort... You are on top of it, girl!”
I am so appreciative of Candace’s kind words. Love, adventure, escape, heroism and comfort, along with a dose of comedy, is exactly what Abby Knight and the Flower Shop Mysteries are all about.
I’ve always believed that stories help us navigate the rough waters of life, showing us how others have coped with every problem known to mankind and survived (for the most part.) Stories give us guidelines for how to live better lives. Stories inspire us to take up swords against injustice. Stories ask us to suspend belief in order to make a larger point. Stories provide a haven away from the stresses of our lives where we can laugh and cheer, safe in the knowledge that everything will turn out all right. (At least in most books.)
And I firmly believe Robert Iger had it right – that no matter where the future takes us, and no matter what form it comes in, there will always be a need for a story.