This was not just any old car show. This was MG 2011, a gathering of some 800 classic British MG sports cars from across the US and Canada that takes place every five years.
Gwynly is an MG enthusiast and has owned his 1968 MGB roadster over 40 years. Her name is Midge, and she entered his life long before I did. I like to joke that she’s his blonde and I’m his brunette.
When we left home, I welcomed the opportunity to be a supportive spouse. Gwynly is incredibly supportive of me and my writing, so this was my turn to be there for him. I didn’t expect to have much fun and took along a manuscript to edit in case I got bored.
I had a great time and hardly touched that story. During the four days we were gone, I learned some lessons.
Passion is contagious. Gwynly was in his element, and his enthusiasm was palpable. He rarely gets outwardly excited, but he sported a cute grin much of the time we were there. I had fun being with him and saw the cars in a whole new light because I viewed them through his lens.
Expect the unexpected. The first night we attended a dinner for MGB owners. I entered a room filled with 300+ people. Counting my hubby, I only knew three of them. We sat at the other couple’s table. They were to Gwynly’s left. A couple I’d never met sat to my right. The wife was beside me doing her best to be a supportive spouse, just as I was. We began chatting, and guess what I discovered. She wants to be a writer. Our dinner conversation took off once we discovered that bond. I was able to give her some helpful information. We had such a great time talking that we were some of the last to leave the ballroom where the dinner was held.
A smile goes a long way. The last day of the event Gwynly and I helped tally ballots for the voting at the car show. I had such fun chatting with the members of our car club with whom we were serving as well as with those stopping by to drop off their ballots. I dished out smiles and was rewarded with many in return.
The keynote speaker at the Awards Dinner was Tim Suddard, editor of Classic Motorsports magazine. Since he’s an editor, I paid close attention during his talk just in case he shared some information I could use. Since he was talking about racing and classic cars I didn’t expect much to apply to me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Here are some nuggets I gleaned.
- Don’t be scared to be scared. Tim was talking about racing, but the counsel is sound no matter what the endeavor. Writing can be scary at times, but I don’t have to let that scare me away from pursuing my dream.
- Don’t take on a major project unless you can spend 10 hours a week on it. Tim was referring to restoring cars, but the advice would apply to any big undertaking, such as writing a book.
- When submitting an article to his magazine, Tim gave these pointers:
- Ask what makes your story special.
- Doing a story right takes time.
- You’ll catch more flies with honey. He said his magazine publishes articles from nice people.
I returned home rested and ready to dive into my writing with renewed enthusiasm. While getting away can be hard for homebody me, I’m glad I had this special time with my guy and learned such valuable lessons.
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What are you passionate about?
What hobbies or interests do you share with your special someone?