Happiness: How to Find It — Interview with Rose Gluck

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Ahoy! The Buc­ca­neer Blogfest sales on.  Today’s writ­ing prompt request­ed an inter­view with a char­ac­ter from my nov­el.  After some coax­ing, Rose Gluck, the hero­ine of Hap­pi­ness: How to Find It, reluc­tant­ly turned over to me an audio record­ing of an inter­view she did onstage at a 1991 Cir­cuit Assem­bly of Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es.  To her cha­grin I’ve tran­scribed her part of the pro­gram to give you a pic­ture of where she comes from, but not where she is going.  The sto­ry­line of Hap­pi­ness picks up a few months after this inter­view was con­duct­ed, so think of it like a pre­quel.  You’ll def­i­nite­ly want to check out the rest of the sto­ry on July 26 when Hap­pi­ness debuts as a free online ser­i­al at Curios­i­ty Quills Press.

YOUTHS WHO PUT GOD FIRST
April 27, 1991 – Assem­bly Hall of Jehovah’s Wit­ness­es; St. Louis MO

Broth­er Tim Hal­icky: Next up we have Sis­ter Rose Gunk — er — Rose Gluck, from the Kent Springs con­gre­ga­tion.  She’s a high school senior and an aux­il­iary pio­neer. So Sis­ter Gluck what chal­lenges have you had to face serv­ing Jeho­vah whole souled while still in school?

Sis­ter Rose Gluck: Well Broth­er Hal­icky it def­i­nite­ly can be a chal­lenge deal­ing with peer pres­sure from world­ly stu­dents.  I appre­ci­ate the Faith­ful Slave’s reminders that ‘bad asso­ci­a­tion, spoils use­ful habits.

TH: Now there was a par­tic­u­lar hor­ri­fy­ing expe­ri­ence that hap­pened a short time ago; can you share that with us?

RG: Yes. I was alone and just leav­ing the lock­er room when a young man con­front­ed me.  He reached into his pants and he pulled out a pair of tick­ets to the prom.  He want­ed to know if I would go with him.

TH:  Wow! What did you do?

RG: As a Chris­t­ian, I know that the high school prom is def­i­nite­ly some­thing to be avoid­ed.  As we know, it is a cesspool of world­ly music, seduc­tive dance, and even teen preg­nan­cy.  I recalled the account of Joseph in Gen­e­sis chap­ter twen­ty-nine.  It is the sto­ry about how Potiphar’s wife con­front­ed him.  In first twelve it says, “Then she grabbed hold of him by his gar­ment, say­ing: “Lie down with me!” But he left his gar­ment in her hand and took to flight and went on out­side.” In a sim­i­lar man­ner, I ran out of the gym, even leav­ing my bag behind.

TH: Good girl!  That also calls to mind the Apos­tle Paul’s com­mand to “flee from for­ni­ca­tion”.  So as a high school senior are there any oth­er chal­lenges you have to face.  I hear you are a good stu­dent.

RG: I am sec­ond in my class right now and my teach­ers and guid­ance coun­selors are con­stant­ly pres­sur­ing me to pur­sue high­er edu­ca­tion.  I have to tell them my goal in life is to serve Jeho­vah God as a full time pio­neer min­is­ter.

TH: What do they think of that?

RG: Well, they won­der what kind of life I’ll have.

TH: The ever­last­ing kind!

AUDIENCE LAUGHTER

TH: Sis­ter Gluck, you are an exem­plary exam­ple in the con­gre­ga­tion.  What has helped you take such a fine stand?

RG: The spir­i­tu­al food that is pro­vid­ed by the Faith­ful and Dis­creet Slave keeps me on track. It nev­er fails that when­ev­er I have a prob­lem, there will be a Young Peo­ple Ask arti­cle in the Awake! mag­a­zine address­ing that very thing — it real­ly is food at the prop­er time.   Also I appre­ci­ate that my grand­moth­er has done a fan­tas­tic job rais­ing me in the Truth since my own par­ents were lost to the world.   Grams has served as a pio­neer in the con­gre­ga­tion for many years and I look for­ward to work­ing with her teach­ing oth­ers about our hap­pi­fy­ing hope for the future.

TH: Thank you Sis­ter Gluck!

AUDIENCE APPLAUSE

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One Response

Talynn LynnJuly 21st, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I’m so late get­ting around to com­ment on the Buc­ca­neer Blogfest! I’m sor­ry! But I did want to say, how­beit late, how much I enjoyed your inter­view with your MC. Nice touch with the audi­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion:)

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