I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Daisy Hernandez, author of her acclaimed memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, on The Breaking Free Show. (You can find the entire show at the bottom of this blog.) Out of curiosity, I googled the definition for the word “daisy.” I came across the following words which so aptly describe Daisy Hernandez, a creative expresser of the human condition:
Daisy: a small grassland plant that has flowers with a yellow disk and white rays. It has given rise to many ornamental garden varieties.
The definition was better than I thought.
As an author and creative being, Daisy fits the definition. Daisy is spunky, and as her name depicts, a ray of light. For me, Daisy gave rise to many thoughts and ideas as I was reading her words. As a new author myself, I want to reference a line from her book that I found interesting. I know many of you reading this are authors, bloggers and social media posters as well, so this is very important to reflect upon for anyone putting information out there.
Here is a tidbit in Daisy’s own words:
“Journalism: A fancy word to say that I spent days with my hands in other people’s stories asking and telling because nothing happens in isolation, especially when it has to do with language. Nothing is more vulnerable than the words in our mouths, because nothing has more power.”
The seriousness and power it takes to capture a life or emotion and to tell the story can only occur when we listen and connect the magic of curiosity, emotion, integrity with words. Stories come alive when we love them into life. Daisy’s book is only about 170 pages, incredible for as much information as she shared and for the brevity. Her story is wonderful as is her gift of writing. We are holding many lives through our hands.
Remember: Length is not a sign of skill. Remembering the power of words and how we use them is.
To “meet” Daisy, I warmly invite you to watch her on the following Breaking Free Show episode, which aired live on December 12, 2016.