Monday, February 27, 2012

Celia Yeary Says Love is Blind

Love is Blind, According to Celia Yeary
In truth, we do tend to overlook the flaws of those we love...or fall in love with. For some individuals in the world, though, it's in a literal sense. An example was my daddy's oldest brother named Reeves, but we called him Uncle Reeves, but most often Uncle Brother.

Uncle Brother was blind. A wire poked into one eye just before he turned twenty, and in the early decades of the Twentieth Century, little could be done about such a thing. Blinded in that eye, an infection soon spread to the other, making him totally blind. He was doomed to live on the family farm with his parents, my Granny and Papa. You would be amazed to learn what he could do as a blind man, as long as he was on his home turf on the North Texas farm.

But after a couple of decades, Uncle Brother was helped financially to go to Pennsylvania to attend a School for the Blind. There, he learned to write and read Braille, type, and use a seeing eye dog. The best part of the School was that he met a woman, blind from birth, who was there to get a new seeing eye dog, as hers had died. Love bloomed between the two middle-aged people, and they lived in Pennsylvania from then on, running a newsstand, making them self-sufficient. Their dogs, Lady and Sam, were German Shepherds, and they also became good friends!

With the memories I had of my Uncle Brother, I placed a blind man in a novel I wrote titled Wish for the Moon. He is a secondary character, but he became one more way for my sweet heroine, Annie McGinnis, to broaden her horizons. I named him Old Blind Jerral because people then often referred to someone by a particular characteristic.

Jerral becomes important in Annie's life when he makes her see it's time for her to take charge of her own life, leave the family farm, and follow Max Landry to Fort Worth.  The old man helps her in another way, too, making it possible to buy a train ticket and new clothes.

What The Sweet Romance, Wish for the Moon, is About:
1901-North Texas
At the dawn of the Twentieth Century, sixteen-year-old Annie McGinnis wishes for a chance to see more of the world, since all she’s ever known is the family farm in North Texas. A mysterious visitor arrives who will change not only her life, but her family’s as well. To save Max Landry from a bogus charge, she follows him and the Texas Rangers back to the coal-mining town one county over where a murder occurred. The short journey sets Annie on a path of discovery—new horizons, an inner strength, and quite possibly…love.   

BIO: Celia Yeary is a seventh-generation Texan, and her life revolves around family, friends, and writing. San Marcos has been her home for thirty-five years. She has nine published romance/women's fiction novels, three short stories, two novellas, three anthologies, and published essays with the Texas Co-Op Power Magazine. The author is a former science teacher, graduate of Texas Tech University and Texas State University, mother of two, grandmother of three boys, and wife of a wonderful, supportive Texan. Celia and her husband enjoy traveling, and both are involved in their church, the community, and the university.
She meets with The Write Girls on Tuesdays at a local coffee house.

Celia Yeary-Romance...and a little bit 'o Texas

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  1. Celia,
    Uncle Brother is such a Southern name! Thanks for sharing his story. I'm glad he didn't spend his life feeling sorry for himself and found love when he least expected it.

  2. Welcome to Sweet Not Spicy, Celia. I just love hearing this kind of heartwarming family story. Wonderful that you could incorporate a character in your book based on your memories.

    Morgan Mandel

  3. Hi Celia,

    I remember you mentioning Uncle Brother when I wrote my "Cousin Sister" blog a few months back. I am inspired by the richness of his life and his determination to be useful. Also the story of him finding romance is especially dear to my heart. I love how you took this real life experience and made it such an integral part of Wish for the Moon. I know that Annie and Max's story is going to be an emotional read from reading your other fine romances. Best wishes for this romance book! Maggie

  4. Celia,
    I always love to read your blog posts--they're interesting and I always learn something. What a great story about Uncle Brother, and with such a wonderful, happy ending. Back in those days, people with any kind of affliction usually just knew they would never marry or have any kind of independent life, and I'm so glad it turned out great for Uncle Brother. My mom's mother had a sister who had had polio as a very young child and left her legs crippled. But she worked every day of her life practically at an insurance office there in that small town, and everyone knew her. She was a beautiful woman when she was young, and did have at least one offer of marriage that I know of, but she turned him down because she said it wouldn't be fair to him. Too bad, but society as a whole usually had that outlook in those times. I love using family characters in different ways in our writing.

  5. Celia, I think I'm going to print your post and show it to my cousin, a handicap, who always feels sorry for himself and curses the world. Your Uncle Brother may be an inspiration for him.

  6. Keena--he was the sweetest man. When we were little girls, he'd let us wash his hair--what he had left, and I'd sit on his lap and he'd tell stories. Loved to talk! Thanks for the comment.

  7. Morgan--oh, I love these kinds of stories, too--love to read them and especiall to write them. Thanks bunches for having me on today!

  8. MAGGIE--oh, I remember your Cousin Sister--remember I had an Aunt Sister? Definitely a Southern thing. I'm happy you see the emotion in the story and his life--it's quite extraordinary, even, for him to fly alone to Pennsylvania to the boarding school for several months. Thank you for coming by.

  9. CHERYL--who better to write about than family characters? Especially, if you can camoflauge them! You have that knack, too, in fact, better than I!

  10. MONA--feel free to print it. I took a small bit from an article I wrote for a Texas magazine--Uncle Brother falls in love--there's more of his story. It's one of two that I got $500 for! And it was 1500 words!

  11. That's such an inspirational post! Thanks for sharing! We take so many things for granted. Thanks for reminding us to be grateful.


  12. What a fabulous story, Celia. Thank you for sharing about Uncle Brother. How thrilling he had a chance to attend school and then fall in love later in life. God is good.

    Wishing you the best,


  13. Mayra--Thank you for reading it. I appreciate it, and agree we usually take so many things for granted.

  14. Cheryl--yes, God is good. And the Lions Club is good! That's how he got to go to the school. Great, huh?

  15. Celia, this story sounds wonderful!

    I worked at the Commission for the Blind for a while, and my best friend was blind, so I've seen some pretty amazing things. More often, though, life is just too tough, so it's always heartwarming and inspirational to hear about people like your Uncle Brother.

    As for names, my husband had an Uncle Junior and an Aunt Sis, but my side of the family is pretty boring on that front.

  16. Jacquie--My husband's side is boriing, too, on that front. They just have plain names, or Uncle Jim, Aunt June, etc. None of this other stuff. He was fortunate to have the Lion's Club to step in--for that, I've always had a soft spot for that organization. Thanks for visiting!