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Revisiting Rejection and a Beautiful Day in Charlotte

September 4, 2017

Well, after my manuscript rejection set in for 24 hours it didn’t really feel like progress as I wrote Thursday.

“Rejection is progress?  Bah!” I said.

Perhaps I was on a little high from receiving any correspondence at all from the agent (because, sometimes they just never respond).

As the weight of the rejection set-in, I must admit I lost a little gusto.  The wind all but left my sails.  Thoughts rambled along negative paths trying to convince me to abandon ship.  Much like they have done lately with this endeavor.  The thoughts question the investment of time in both the former and the latter.

After I allowed myself to wallow along that path for a day, I am proud to say that I restored my positive energy with regard to the manuscript.  I’m still not so sure about the blog. 😉 The transformation of my feelings may have been helped along by a conversation with my sister, an uber-talented and experienced writer, who has received rejection more than she should.

I also remembered in short-order that Thomas Edison failed about 10,000 times and reminded myself (again) of all the people I wrote about who failed, but went on to become successful.  Then, there is the fact that there are people starving in the world, so what am I over here whining about.

So that’s where that is!  Back on track and moving on.  Plus, as I said a few days ago – it is giving me opportunity to revisit the project.  And, I have discovered it does need improvement.

Yesterday, I connected with a friend (since both of our husbands were working) and we had a fantastic day in Charlotte.  We took our kiddos to Discovery Place and strung the day out as long as possible, going to dinner afterwards and then lingering in the parking lot of the restaurant to eek out the last bits of conversation for the day.

Boy, getting up for school on Tuesday is going to hurt!

Here are some pictures of our day.  If you live in the area, you should definitely check out Discovery Place in uptown Charlotte and spend the day in beautiful uptown while you are at it!

We arrived early.  A little too early because they didn’t open until noon.  The kids thought peering through the doors and knocking (loudly) would help advance the opening time.  We let them do that just long enough to capture the image.  🙂

Discovery Place - Gigantism

Being too early gave us a good opportunity to have lunch and walk around the city.  The weather was perfect and it felt like we were on vacation for the day.

Fuel Pizza - Gigantism

Then, we finally circled back around to Discovery Place and were able to check out the Ripley’s Believe it Or Not exhibit, which included a replica of the tallest man to ever live (at least one for whom there is evidence of such).  Robert Wadlow stood 8 feet 11 inches tall.  He suffered from gigantism.

Here is how our crew measured up.

Robert Wadlow - Gigantism

And, did you know that you can fit six children into a regular-sized revolving door?!  Yep!  I have proof:

Revolving Door - Gigantism

After we spent hours and hours in the science center learning about physics, fish and frogs we drove over to Romare Bearden park, which is across the street from the Charlotte Knights Baseball field, BB&T Ballpark.  It was a beautiful day.  There is a giant green space to run and play, which is flanked by tall buildings and a waterfall play area for the kids to run through.

Charlotte fountains - gigantism

Fountains - Gigantism

It is also complete with granite outcrops for kids to climb and jump on (and off).  Ours fulfilled the rocks’ purposes and then morphed into creatures, crawling amongst them to hide from imaginary predators.

Rocks - Gigantism

Animals - Gigantism

The kids saw action around the baseball stadium and tried to convince us to purchase tickets for the game.   It was very tempting, but all good things must come to an end.  We gathered them up and headed to our ‘burb north of the city for dinner.

It was a good day!  Tuesday will bring back reality.  Summer break is over.  It was good while it lasted and it sure was nice pretending it still was!

Good luck to all of you through this season change!  Journey on!

XO,
Melissa


Gigantism

Robert Wadlow suffered from a condition called gigantism.  He was born in 1918 and there was no cure at that time.  Gigantism is a condition that is characterized by abnormally large growth.  It is due to an excess of growth hormone during childhood, before the bone growth plates have closed.

Gigantism causes excessive growth in height, muscles and organs.  When Robert Wadlow started walking at 11 months of age he was over three feet tall.

The most common cause of gigantism is a benign tumor of the pituitary gland, which may cause it to make too much growth hormone.  It can be caused by other underlying conditions as well.  The treatment usually involves removing the tumor, which can cure it in many cases.  Radiation or medication may also be used to reduce the release of the growth hormone, or to block its effect.

Robert Wadlow lived to be twenty-two years old.

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