BLOOMFIELD, Iowa — A special memory of a Bloomfield woman’s grandpa turned into the very thing that helped her accomplish her dream of becoming an author.
It’s a story 31-year-old Ashley Morton has never forgotten, of a time when she and her grandfather were going fishing.
“He told me to tie up the boat before I got in, we were going fishing and taking a boat out for the first time, and I didn’t listen,” Morton recalled. “I thought I could get in the boat and tie it up real quick, and I drifted out into the middle of the lake. He just patiently waited for me to row the boat back up to the dock so he could get in."
Morton said she learned a valuable lesson on that day so many years ago, besides the importance of tying up a boat. She said his lesson of showing her grace instead of scolding her, stuck with her.
Now, that story has helped Morton accomplish a big goal.
“The ten year anniversary of my grandpa’s passing was coming up, and I just wanted to do something in memory of him,” Morton said. “This was his favorite story to tell about me, and so I just got this idea to turn it into a children’s book. He was a big supporter in my writing, so I thought what better way to honor him and live out my dream.”
The idea has become a reality as Morton has now accomplished a lifelong goal of becoming a published author with her book, 'Grandpa's Grace.'
Morton said holding a copy of the book, and seeing her name on the cover was an incredible feeling.
“There were tears,” she recalled, of seeing the book for the first time. “Just to have that memory that was in my heart be brought out again was amazing, an amazing experience.”
But she’s just getting started. Morton has five other stories that are written and waiting on illustrations.
“I want to write relatable stories, so I’ll continue to write stories about experiences that I’ve had, so readers can sit down and have a feel-good story and have a lesson to take from it.”