Thursday, September 25, 2014

WHAT IF....a New Perspective, a New POV (by Patti J. Fiala)

What If?

I am very blessed to be connected to some very talented, amazing authors. We have decided to start a blog series named “What If”. Our “What If” series will feature each of us, discussing, “what if” from the character’s point of view from one of our stories. Today, my “What If” is from Jeremiah’s point of view from Dog Days of Summer.

What If, from Jeremiah (Dog) Sheppard.

When I was asked to write my “What If” I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it. First of all, I’m not a writer, I’m a bike builder. Second of all, when I think of what if, it turns my blood cold, because, my what if, is What if I had never met Joci?

The second my eyes landed on Joci, my world stood still. She walked into our meeting room at Rolling Thunder and I lost myself. I felt like time stood still as I stared into her beautiful stormy gray eyes and then, she smiled, and I was completely head over heels in love with her. My pulse was racing, my heart hammered so thunderously in my chest that I thought I was going to pass out. Never in my forty-five years on this earth did one person so captivate me as she did.

I asked her out, and she said she couldn’t. I went home so dejected and confused. How could I change her mind? I didn’t know what “I can’t” meant. How could I overcome that? The only saving grace was that I knew I would see her again because she was helping us organize the next Veteran’s Ride for the shop and she was designing a logo for Rolling Thunder.

I asked Joci out four times before she finally said yes. Actually, the last time I decided to throw my cards on the table and I told her we were going out, period, end of story.

So my, what if’s are many. What if Joci would not have walked into my shop? What if I wouldn’t have told Joci we were going to be together? What if she would have said No? It’s devastating for me to think about because our life together is so full and rich. I can’t imagine not having her in my life.


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I was born in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri named Bridgeton. During my time in Missouri, I explored the Ozarks, swam in the Mississippi River, and played kickball and endless games of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids. Spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother, Ruth, are the fondest childhood memories for me.

At the age of thirteen, my family moved to Wisconsin to learn to farm. Yes, learn to farm! That was interesting. Taking city kids and throwing them on a farm with twenty-eight cows purchased from the humane society because they had been abused was interesting. I learned to milk cows, the ins and outs of breeding and feeding schedules, the never ending haying in the summer, and trying to stay warm in the winter. Our first winter in Wisconsin we had thirty-six inches of snow in one storm and were snowed in our house for three days! Needless to say, I wasn’t loving Wisconsin.

I am now married with four children and three grandchildren. I have learned to love Wisconsin, though I still hate snow. Wisconsin and the United States are beautiful, and my husband and I travel around by motorcycle seeing new sites and meeting new people. It never ceases to amaze me how many people are interested in where we are going and what we have seen along the way. At every gas station, restaurant, and hotel, we have people come up to us and ask us about what we are doing as well as offer advice on which roads in the area are better than others.

I come from a family of veterans. My grandfather, father, brother, two of my sons, and one daughter-in-law are all veterans. Needless to say, I am proud. Proud to be an American and proud of the service my amazing family has given.



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  1. There sure are a lot of what-Ifs.
    Sometimes we just have to be glad for what we get.