I’m Not Meryl Streep

June 22, 2011

Married fifteen years today, and here’s the thing I believe has made my long-suffering husband’s marriage to a writer a happy one.

Do you know the scene in the film OUT OF AFRICA, where Robert Redford dares Meryl Streep to concoct a story from random bits of information, then he sits and gazes at her in wonder as she weaves a tale of intrigue with the grace and confidence of Scheherazade? Well. My sweet husband looks at me like that. Believe me, that’s love. Because I’m not Meryl.

I’m a writer. I spend all my time in front of a glaring computer, not bathed in candlelight. Some days I forget to run a brush through my hair; typically, I have a foggy expression or a scowl on my face, lost in my struggle to pin down a metaphor. My plots come in starts and stops and my dialogue runs in circles. My characters are stubborn, dull, contradictory and evasive. All of this makes me a crazy person, not a gracious or confident one. When he asks me what I’m writing, more often than not I rattle on about incoherent threads of  some dead end idea, or I snap at him that I can’t talk about it. I’m frustrated. I’m afraid. I don’t know if I can take the dare to find the story inside myself.

But he knows. And he looks at me like Robert looked at Meryl.

And then I remember, the story is us.

Lucky girl.

10 Responses to “I’m Not Meryl Streep”

  1. Yay for fifteen years! You guys are adorable and I think way better than Robert and Meryl. 🙂

    And is that a tiki torch in the background? See, you do have candlelight, just a really big one.

    • Thanks, Hallie! Yes, that is a tiki torch. You’re right, we ARE candlelit! Hawaii, last summer. We’ll be going back to France next month to celebrate our 15 yrs. I’m sooo excited!

  2. Pam Mantovani said

    Congratulations! In this day and age how wonderful to hear someone say she not only likes her spouse but still loves him. You may not be Meryl but you have riches beyond compare….and you’re a heck of an author also!
    Best always

  3. I am proud to ‘read the real story of you two’ !! Happy Anniversary

  4. Brandi Stagg said

    Happy Anniversary!

  5. How sweet, Kimberly. And a belated happy anniversary to you. We’re coming up on number 11 in October, and my husband definitely thinks I’m crazy. 🙂

  6. Precious post, Kimberly, and congrats on fifteen years! I recently read a quote about how writers should marry someone they love and who thinks their being a writer’s a good idea. Looks like you hit the jackpot in both, Honey! : )

  7. Anita said

    Awww. What a great post! And you two are such a lovely couple. 🙂 I tell you, it takes a special breed to be a writer’s spouse. LOL

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