I’m a Regular George Orwell (But Without the Smut).

**This post is a contribution to the weekly Spin Cycle, sponsored by Jen at Sprite’s Keeper.  This week’s topic was creative writing.  Swing by her site for more of the most creative words on the web.**

Question (from Anonymous):

This question is deep, so consider it seriously:  What do you want your life to be like in ten years, or to have accomplished?

Answer (from me):

March 19, 2019

Dear Journal,

**Sigh.**  I know I say it all the time, but it’s true—I can’t help it: I love my life.  I love it—and I don’t use “love” lightly.  Who would’ve thought my life would ever be this fabulous?  {Okay, there was that one blog post I wrote ten years ago, dreaming of this, but that was nothing more than an exercise in Creative Writing.  I never expected it to be fulfilled.}

Poor Kyle is such a gem, even to this day.  He’s 37 now, and his hair is becoming such a distinguished shade of salt-and-pepper, especially around the sideburns.  His Internet Engineering company has really taken off, and it pretty much runs itself these days.  Which is great, because combined with my work as a paid,  professional writer, and best-selling novelist, our schedules allow us to travel quite extensively.  As I write this, we are holidaying at our winter home in Mesa, Arizona—we won’t be back in Canada for at least another month (just in time to kiss winter goodbye and start the vegetable garden).  We own all of our property free and clear, and are completely debt-free.  It’s so liberating to know that, at the end of the day, our only debt is to the Lord.  I’m so lucky to have picked Poor Kyle; we’re on the same page with so many issues.  It’s a joy to be together.

Marriage is such an inspired institution…

wedding ringsIt brings back such sweet memories, looking at our wedding rings.  I never did upgrade mine, and I don’t think I ever will—I’m happy with it how it is.

…Even after 12 years, we still love each other passionately.  We try to keep the fire alive with our regular date nights and holidays.  Our 5th anniversary trip to France was spectacular.

eiffel-tower-bwImage from here.

Of course, it went without a hitch because I am now 100% fluent in French {some say I speak better than the natives!}.  Poor Kyle was hesitant to travel abroad to foreign-language countries, but now he realises how wonderful it can be, with the proper education.  We enjoyed ourselves so much that we took the children back three years later, and let them make use of their immersion-school studies.  (I’m glad Poor Kyle finally saw the light, and agreed that, by studying more than one language, our children would be better than everyone else’s.  Perfection is so…refreshing.)

Wedding DipWe’ve come so far since that first year of marriage…

Oh, and the children—our sweet little quadruplet boys.  They’re seven now, and they’re perfect darlings.  I always wanted to have four children, all at once, but I never thought I’d be lucky enough to get my wish!  And boys—oh, what a blessing.  They are so much less dramatic than little girls, and for that, I am truly grateful.  When we found out I was expecting, we were just so giddy for the entire 9 months (well, 8 months and 2 weeks, actually—the thoughtful little angels decided to come early!).  Their four grandparents are so doting and generous.  I don’t know if the boys even realise how loved they are.  It took us a while to finally have them, but it was worth the wait—every child deserves to be anticipated anxiously, and welcomed with loving arms.  They’re rambunctious, of course, but I enjoy seeing them active; it reminds me to be thankful for their health and vitality.

They’ve given me so much to write about—my second best-selling series was based loosely on their antics.  In fact, it was shortly after “their” series ended, that Oprah had me on her show (for the first time).  These days, though, I’ve been making far fewer appearances for publicity.  I’ve got all the fame I could possibly want or need, and my priorities lie with my family.  {I do still make time for my old blog, though: archiveslives.com.  It’s been good to me over the years, and I am glad to be able to give back to my readers with giveaways every day.  It’s good.}

Like I said, I love my life.  We have been truly blessed.

—cpsfw

p.s. I almost forgot!  I enjoyed driving the pepper white MINI™ for as long as possible, but it just wasn’t practical anymore after the boys were born.  We’ve since switched to a chic, black, electric-powered Mercedes™ SUV.  [Hybrids are so a decade ago.]  Technology has improved by huge degrees, and Poor Kyle finally realised how brilliant electric energy is for powering vehicles.  (It probably didn’t hurt that electric cars are now faster than gasoline engines ever were, and boast just as much horse-strength and torque as any “regular” SUV used to.)

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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23 Responses to I’m a Regular George Orwell (But Without the Smut).

  1. linda rae says:

    oh my gosh…I am LAUGHING OUT LOUD to the nth degree. That is SO funny, Camille.

    And I can’t wait to meet my little quadriped, quadrupled grandsons.

    What are their names?

  2. Jami says:

    so funny! Only not really funny…b/c I am SURE that all of your dreams will come true.
    I am really excited about your winter home in mesa!

  3. Chloe says:

    4 children and all at once! Wow! :O You’re brave! I would like to have 4 children too! (but not all at once… :S I think I’m not so brave ;))
    Hope all your dreams come true!! :)
    Chloe
    http://www.chloe86.wordpress.com

  4. Lindsay says:

    i LOVED this!!!! and that picture of kyle dip/kissing you, i’ve never seen it before and it’s a perfect sum up of you two!

  5. raygon says:

    Fun! I like that picture of Kyle and you at the end. Maybe I should start thinking of my 10th anniversary. It is in 2 years, you know!!Maybe I could talk Andy into some kind of trip. Paris would be nice. But I would settle for anywhere off the west coast, really.

  6. Katie says:

    What a sweet letter! I’m so glad you posted is so that you have a record of it that you can look back on in ten years. And what a great wedding picture!!! You look so happy!!!!

    Thanks for cheering up a gloomy Thursday in Connecticut!

  7. Kimberly says:

    Awesome post, one of my favs. I’ve always said the more kids out in one pregnancy the better! haa haa!! Shoot girl, in 10 years, I hope you’ll remember me!

  8. Geneva says:

    I love it. Oh and I have question for you. What is the pingback deal in your comments?

  9. HeatherPride says:

    A two-fer!! Awesome, Camille. You just keep getting better with age, ya know? And I hope your quadruplet boys are not indeed not dramatic, because so far my son is far more dramatic than my daughter, but there’s still time for her to catch up.

  10. HeatherPride says:

    I mean, indeed not dramatic. What a loser I am sometimes.

  11. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. sarah says:

    Sounds delicious! Wouldn’t it be lovely if all our dreams came true.. AHHhhhh

  13. ann says:

    Darling picture! Wanting four boys at once? Crazyness. You are right.. Boys are a whole lot less Drama than girls… :)
    Glad you LOVE your life. I like Happy posts!

  14. Granmama says:

    Oh Honey,
    You are so full of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There’s a quote that ways something like, “We can write blessings for ourselves and every good thing will come to pass.” Be careful for what you wish—it might just come to fruition.
    Abuelalalalallalalalalallalalalal

    Mr. P. should be arriving momentarily from Mexico and I can’t wait. I love that child so much and have dearly missed him. I am so thankful he’s still alive and not lost in the Gulf of Mexico.
    LAALLALAALLALALALAl

  15. raygon says:

    Half the fun of your blog comes from your moms comments! I love them.

  16. Rachel says:

    Self-fufilling prophecies, right? I think the good ones work as well as the bad.

    Oh, and my two girls versus your 4 boys? I will have a much more peaceful first 9 or 10 years, and then all heck will break loose. Yours will calm down around 12. It all evens out.

  17. Laufa says:

    Quads, you are a brave woman to even want to attempt that. My MJ (a girl) has been pretty easy so far. Bubba on the other hand is too many hands full. But he knew how to chill for me this week while I was sick, so I appreciated that. Good luck with all the plans you hope for.

  18. bessie.viola says:

    WOW, I loved this! So cute and funny ~ I hope you get your every wish!

    The quadruplets make me worry for your sanity, though… ;)

  19. How did I miss this!? I love this! I honestly hope this happens for you! Reading this has brought the biggest smile to my face today! (No, trust me, I don’t hate you. I like you! But not in a stalker kind of way.) I always wondered what the future me would think 10 years down the road and how far I away I would be from where I am now, but this is truly incredible! You’re linked!

  20. “When you wish upon a star….”

  21. anna says:

    For some reason, this was really funny to me. Maybe it’s because life is NEVER like we plan. Or maybe it’s that you wish for quadruplets. Wow. FOUR at a time. That’s a lotta kids, you know.

  22. Shangrila says:

    They say that the first step is knowing what you want (and my husband would tell you that G. I. Joe says, “And knowing is half the battle!”-lol!) Best wishes to you, Poor Kyle and your future quads! Great spin. :)

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