Memories, and My (Online) Self

I have two #Reverb13 prompts to respond to today because once again yesterday I chose fun over blogging. Which is a good thing 🙂


Which memories from this year do you wish to keep with you always?

I have to say, the first six months of 2013 were probably the longest and hardest months of my life. I had just lost my job at the end of December and spent the first half of the year on unemployment, which, as some of you may be unfortunate enough to know, makes one feel pretty hopeless.

But spring rolled around, and new friends moved into my life and my heart. They filled me up with things that I had been missing for years when it comes to friendships, and for that I am eternally grateful – that they pulled me up out of myself.

There were a few weeks in the summer when I was house sitting for a friend who was away, and during that time I used her nice, big house as a personal refuge and playground – it was wonderful to spend some time out of the trailer park and in a real house with a real yard that my daughter could play with. But, even more there were days and nights where all my friends and I did was sit around in folding chairs in the driveway, watching the traffic and people go by, shooting the shit, smoking cigarettes and weed (yes, I do those things) and we got to know each other better, to the point where I could say “best friend.”

Those days in the summer I’ll hold on to forever, but there was another moment too –

My daughter has special needs, and every year we have to have meetings with her school support staff – the PT and OT specialists, the special education teachers, the reading specialist, the classroom teacher, the principal…. The Planning and Placement Team meeting that happens at the beginning of every school year is the most stressful thing I do all year (usually) and for the first time this year, all of the news was golden, all of the progress is on the up and up – my daughter is doing great in school this year. I’ll never forget walking out of my first PPT meeting with tears of joy barely falling from my eyes, rather than tears of woe that we have to go through all this for her. I am so, so proud of my baby girl, and I hold on to that pride and that memory of the perfect PPT meeting for at least as long as she’s in school.

And the second #reverb13 prompt for the day is: Show us your selfie.

Um, no. This is an anonymous blog, so here I am:

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Just a girl writing her way through life, day after day, with a pen in her hand and a keyboard under her fingertips. And for now, that is all you need to see of me.

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2 thoughts on “Memories, and My (Online) Self

  1. Kat McNally says:

    So cool to hear your daughter is doing so well in school. Testament to what a fine job you’re doing!
    Period costume suits you, too! 😉

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