Cliff Hudgins Christian Author
Many things help to form a person and prepare them for the world at large. Education and training add skills for the performing of the tasks ahead, but it is people and experiences that provide color, especially for writers.
These collective items become the brush and paint for the imagination. Growing up in south Texas offers a perspective but they are enhanced by comparing it with other places.
You can complain about the traffic in Houston, but it is dwarfed by the drivers in Guadalajara, Mexico where five or six cars are piled into a two car traffic lane only to race toward the single lane road after the traffic light changes.
The canvas of my imagination has been influenced by other experiences. Walking the streets of Havana, Cuba and listening while some say they cannot save money and by new curtains because the government will come and take them, has shaped my thoughts.
Hearing that a hunt for a tiger shark off the shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii was called off because a man claimed the shark was his reincarnated uncle, and the authorities heeded his protest also added paint. Perspective changes as the stories of the people are shared.
Like, the pastor in Strabane, Northern Ireland recounted how his church was bombed two different time during the time of troubles.
I was surprised to learn that the people of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia never had a Civil War, but they did have that northern aggression problem.
Priorities are challenged when you hear the response from a woman who was asked what she wanted for her church if there were no financial restraints. Her response of four bags of concrete seemed so small until you realize that a bag of concrete in Utalco, San Salvador is $7.50 and the average daily wage is $6.50.
I am looking forward to the journey and the new experiences.