Interview with Melanie Shankle (Big Mama) – INSPO EXCLUSIVE
Inspo is all about encouraging women, and one of my favorite bloggers to follow is Big Mama (Melanie Shankle) because she is so encouraging, and with a hearty side of humor. She may be familiar to you because she is also the author of two New York Times Bestsellers, “Sparkly Green Earrings” (a book about motherhood) and “The Antelope in my Living Room” (a book about marriage). They are both light-hearted reads, but among all the funny anecdotes and laugh lines Melanie offers nuggets of truth. Her newest book, newly released “Nobody’s Cuter Than You,” is #1 on my “Must Read” list right now.
In celebration of her new book coming out, I emailed her a couple questions about it and she was so gracious to respond.
Me: Will this be a fun read for girlfriends to read together? (Is it more of an independent “vacation” read or Book Club material?)
Melanie: I think it will be a fun read either way, but I love the idea of girlfriends reading it together and discussing their favorite parts. I wrote it with the intent that it will cause us all to love our friends better and appreciate what a gift they are in our life. So I guess the answer is it will inspire some great book club discussion for sure!
Me: Can we count on some funny anecdotes, such as the ones we loved so much in your previous two releases? Any teasers you can give us?
Melanie: Oh yes. It’s definitely full of funny anecdotes, including one that may involve a time I acted like I didn’t know who my best friend was because she had fallen asleep in a public place while I was on a job interview. I guarantee there will be some laughs!
Me: What is an attribute of God that you think girlfriend relationships can easily personify? (oops- sorry! a little heavy there!)
Melanie: The first thing that comes to mind is grace. Just like God loves us through all kinds of ups and downs, our girlfriends do the same. They love us when we’re a mess and they love us when we have it all together…or at least when we think for five minutes that we have it all together.
Melanie was so sweet and sent me a link to the video trailer about the new book. Check it out! Or, at the very least, I’ve included my very favorite excerpt from it below.
“But here’s the thing. It seems that over the last couple of decades, we’ve had a tendency to substitute the joy of real friendship with cheap imitations. We’ve settled for community on Facebook and twitter and through a series of text messages that allow us to communicate with someone without the commitment. We swim in the shallow pool of relationships because we all know that getting deep can equate to being vulnerable. And more often than not that’s a risk we’re not willing to take. It can be so much easier to just text a few happy face emojis. Years ago, women had a better grasp of real friendship. Both my grandmothers had a close circle of girlfriends that they called first thing every morning and played bridge with over coffee and they shared secrets and recipes and how to get ring-around-the-collar out of their husband’s dress shirts. They rocked babies and yelled at each other’s kids and diagnosed illnesses. But then society changed and women began to work outside the home and volunteer at their kid’s school and had lives that went beyond their neighborhood. And the simple joy of day-to-day friendship began to fade because everyone is just SO busy. So instead we like each other’s beautifully filtered photos on Instagram and delude ourselves into believing we have a community. But here’s my question – do you really? Do you have those people who will show up on your door step with food and Kleenex when the hard times come? Is there someone that can look into your eyes and ask if you’re okay when they already know you’re not? Because those people are the ones that make life worth living.”
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