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:
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.
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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.
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