The door bell just rang. A surge of excitement races through me as I head for the door. I’ve been waiting for my first shipment of my latest book, Sir Alex Sleighs a Dragon. It’s supposed to arrive any day now. I’m surprised to realize how excited I am; a young child in a sixty-year-old body eagerly waiting to see what Santa has brought. I would think that by now, after writing, compiling, and publishing dozens of books, it would be old hat, but I believe I’m as giddy with anticipation of this one as I was with my first book 4-1/2 years ago. There is nothing like holding in one’s hands for the first time something that has taken a great deal of time, effort, and love, to create.

False alarm. My wait continues. C’mon, Santa. Please hurry. I’ve been a good boy.

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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9 Responses to Anticipation

  1. ksbeth says:

    i’m glad that you’re still so excited and it will be even more exciting when it finally arrives!

  2. Mrs. P says:

    Anticipation is a very nice place to be…it will come soon, my friend.

  3. Lucy Maude Montgomery who wrote the Anne of Green Gables books described in her diary how unexciting later books were for her and how excited she was in the beginning. I am glad you still get happy!

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you for this insight! As it turns out, her first book in the series was also my favorite. As Anne and the series aged, they lost a lost of the starry-eyed innocence and mistakes of youth. In my mind, young Anne was unique, heart-warming, and often-humorous, but became less so as she grew into adulthood. Perhaps the author felt the same way and that affected her level of excitement towards her later books.


  4. utesmile says:

    Excitement is part of the miracles we encounter…. may yours happen soon. It is great that people at our age can still be excited. My sons always say ‘mum you are too excited’ . I get excited about small things… like I am going to pick up my newly bought second hand rocking chair this afternoon… oh I can’t wait. 🙂

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. I believe there is great wisdom in delighting in the blessings all around us. Gratitude comes naturally when we see with the eyes of a young child and experience with an open heart all the miracles of our wondrous world. May you have many years of pleasure in your new-to-you rocking chair.


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