When I began this blog in August of 2011, my primary goal was to record memories, stories, pictures and lessons from my mother’s life. I wanted her to be remembered by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren long after dementia had erased her memories. But as the blog grew, so did responses from all of you. You entered writing contests based on my mother’s types of writing, and you shared your stories in the comment boxes. As I read your blogs I learned about you, your mothers, fathers and families, and your struggles and joys in parenting your parents and your grandchildren. Thank you all for sharing the challenges and solutions of your remarkable lives.
I was genuinely touched to receive the ABC Award for Awesome Blog Content, especially since it came from a blog site I respect tremendously. http://alettertomychildren.wordpress.com begins with an opening quote on its home page that reminds me of my mother’s philosophy about having a child, which became my philosophy and then also my daughter’s:
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.” (Elizabeth Stone)
As a recipient of the ABC Award, I am proud to recommend the new blog of a very talented writer. Nancy Parker Brummett is the author of many published books and articles, and I’ve been a long-time fan of her “Back Porch Break.” Recently, to set up a forum for reader comments and interaction, she expanded her website to include a blog of wonderful essays.
Visit http://www.nancyparkerbrummett.com and click on BLOG. Two of my favorites are “My Mother’s Hands” and “When The Roles Reverse.”
My heartfelt thanks to all of you who know what it is to love and care for other generations, and are willing to share your stories. Truly, we are all in this together.
(below: statue of children reading, Abilene Public Library, Abilene, KS)