When I first started blogging it was with a group of fab ladies I met on Twitter, and was the result of my dedicating my 20,000th tweet to them.
After much teasing about my twitter addiction we laughed and joked that we could have written a book, which quickly became ” lets set up a collaborative blog”…..This was instantly taken up one of the ladies already an established,and fantastic blogger…. and within a few days there it was…our very own blog!!
If you’ve not seen it, do go and visit. There are some great posts on there by the fab ladies… TheTwitterHousewives.wordpress.com . Nothing like a bit of quick PR!
Anyway, one day, one of my posts was visited by the very lovely Charlie Plunkett, who was very complimentary, and then contacted me to tell me about her latest project. Compiling a book on parenthood, with contributions from parents, grandparents, and experts. And then she asked me if I would like to contribute!!
All I had to do was to write a piece on parenthood in 100 words… no more, no less.
Well I have enough trouble keeping to 140 characters in a tweet and keep it sounding reasonably sensible…alright, alright no sniggering there at the back. And everyone who knows me knows that auto correct has waged a one man war against me and my tweets, but that’s another story.
Anyway I digress. I told Charlie I would think about it and get back to her. to be honest with you I really didn’t think I could write anything good enough to go in a book, even though I had previously written for a professional publication.. but that was “work”
I couldn’t think of anything to write, let alone in 100 words, so I put it away and forgot all about it for a few days.
Then one morning, when I was at my daughter’s and my little grandsons were at school and pre school.I was sat at the kitchen table laughing about something one had told me.. and suddenly the thoughts came flooding forth. What my grandchildren meant to me ( and for those of you who have read some of my earlier blogs, you’ll know I never wanted to be a grandmother!) I grabbed pen and paper and jotted then down. Counted and recounted, put them into what I thought was a semblance of order and emailed to Charlie before I could change my mind. I fully expected a “thank you, but no thank you” from her, and was both shocked and amazed when she came back and said she would love to use them for the book. I was bursting with pride!!
I then submitted another piece on another aspect of parenting, and once again Charlie very kindly said she would use it in the book.
I thought I would share this one with you. It’s only 100 words on the subject, but as I wrote it and the memories behind it came back to me I was could feel the tears welling up.. of both sadness and happiness. And if you are a parent, or have raised a teenager, you may have had similar experiences or emotions. so here it is….
You raise them and nurture them
Protect them, whilst allowing them freedom to practice flying
You gently tell of trials and pressure they may come across without destroying their innocence
You hope they make wise choices, best decisions, take the right paths with the right people
and when they don’t?
When they cause sleepless nights, Endless tears
When they scream they hate you
When they shout YOU don’t love them
When you love them….but you don’t like them
What do you do?
You wait. Quietly. Pray. Hope.
And they come back
Stronger. Closer. Wiser. Contrite. Loving
I feel incredibly honoured and privileged to have been a part of these wonderful project. The book has a host of wonderful contributions from some fabulous people, and all beautifully and sensitively compiled by Charlie
But, I am slightly biased, so please don’t just take my word for it…. go and buy it. It’s available as a Kindle book or, for you more traditionalists as paperback. You’ll love it