I admit that I was nervous about meeting her long before I even got to the Santa Ynez Valley, where she lives. I'd not only read her very enjoyable book, Suitable For Giving back when it was first published, but I'd also found so many similarities between our lives although really, we're not that much alike personally. Jayne not only has authored this book, she has also written a number of screenplays that have been produced for the Animal Planet and Lifetime networks. I've been a great admirer of Jayne's for a long time and if you know me at all, you know how nervous and flighty I can come off when I meet someone I respect that much. I don't make great first impressions anyway because I stammer, forget what I'm trying to say, and fidget. My ADD makes these meetings very hard because I can't "land" and people think I'm a scatterbrained air head when nothing could be further from the truth.
"What appears to be air to one person may very well feel like lead to another."
SK Waller, 1983
When I met Jayne I liked her immediately and I kept telling myself, "Breathe. Drop your shoulders. Relax. This is a fun thing!" But did I listen? She was calm, collected and very gracious, which helped a great deal. In fact, she reminded me a bit of my character Elizabeth Hayes (Liz) in Beyond the Bridge and that kind of grace always makes me feel like a Doofus Deluxe. This nervousness on my part was not her fault in any way, of course. I just can't seem to pull myself together when I encounter the serene elegance that I will never possess. It's not easy being me. I come from Vaudevillian song-and-dance comedian stock, but it's all good.
|Sweet, gentle Dixie|
|Two redhead authors!|
|Dixie & her mum|
Those of you not fortunate enough to be able to meet this beautiful lady really need to read her book. She has been through so much life and has come out the better for it and with her sense of humor in tact, and she has shared her discoveries and wisdom in such a charming, heartfelt way. In fact, I intend to read it again immediately.
I promise the next time we meet, Jayne, I won't be such a case. Lynette will be with me and she's very adept at holding the string of my balloon.