Behind Every Memory…..
Behind every story there is the 'why'. Why did the author write it? Why did the characters have this trait? Why why why… Sometimes the answers are as simple as the characters spoke to the author and they needed to have their voices heard. Other times it’s because the author wants to make a point known to the world. Then sometimes it is simply, you were asked to write this story.
Bud's Christmas Wish was written because my grandfather asked me to write him a tale that took place in Ireland. He was so proud of the country where his ancestors came from. He wanted everyone to continue to 'Pray for the Irish’; it was the phrase he was known for. During the last week of his life, when he was speaking with all of his nurses, he would say, "Have you met my Granddaughter Ashley? She's an author and is going to write an Irish story for me." He was so immensely proud.
My grandfather's name was Pete; his father's name was Bud. My grandmother (who is a German!)’s middle name is Lucy. So it was through my grandparents that Bud and Lucy came to life, and their little story has swept the hearts of many. I started writing this story the week my grandfather died. To me, the best way to mourn was to write. Inside Bud's Christmas Wish, Lucy too loses her grandfather, to CHF. Chronic Heart Failure is a dreadful thing to experience. I watched it take my grandpa, and for the last six months of his life it was an honor and a privilege to be there holding his hand. I never would have spent the amount of time I did with him had he not come down with this condition. So, likewise, inside of the story, Lucy too has to give up alone time to be with her ailing grandfather.
While I am still smiling and thinking back on my grandpa, I know his life had a divine purpose. In the story, Alastar (Lucy's Grandpa) left her with fate and true love. Mine left me with memories to cherish for the rest of my life. The love that I feel from him is still will be there, comforting me when I'm down. He left me something to hold onto and turn to for support. Just like Alastar left Lucy. Just in different forms.
In summary, Bud's Christmas Wish is the wish all fathers and grandfathers wish for their daughters and granddaughters - Happiness, true and pure happiness.
If a dream is a wish your heart makes, can it hear those things we want even if we don’t what they are? When sorrow brings young Lucy home to a land full of mystery, steeped in tradition and coloured with unspoken magic, she finds herself re-evaluating her life and her own place in it. Things are never what they seem and people are seldom what you THINK them to be if all you base it on is what your eyes see and not what your soul knows. There’s a fine line between destiny and duty, but when both are blended with love, who knows what miracles can occur at Christmas.
She sat in the chair watching him. The sincerity in his voice and the look in his eyes when he spoke about her granddad and the words he said. She had to stop and think about it, did he really only have two drinks a night? How had she not noticed this before?
“Please Lucy, give me a chance, one night ta show ye that I can fulfill ya dreams and give ye everything that ya could imagine ya needed. Everything ye could ever want.”