Note to self: Do not attempt to begin writing while your toddler experiments for the first time with a home-made sensory bin of rice. It is a futile attempt at keeping her distracted without direct supervision for longer than 15 minutes. You will also have trails of tiny beads of rice all over your living room floor in a few short moments. You will both be disgruntled as you traipse around the house stepping on little grains. And do not attempt the aforementioned on an empty stomach.
The first week of this new year has begun on a challenging note. I have been fighting a sinus cold for a few days all while caring for and dancing around with my lovely energetic two year old daughter, who was also sick with a fever earlier this week. So in between plenty of Mommy-cuddles my sweet little one has also requested me to read many books to soothe and comfort her. I am so excited to have passed along my love for reading to her. For the last two years we have read numerous baby board books together, some funny and silly, some clever and witty,and some deathly boring. This week, while we have been crammed in the house, we cozied up on the couch and I began to read to her from the classic barnyard tale, "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White. This book brings to my mind so many happy nostalgic memories of when I read it as an 8 year old in elementary school. It was our very first book for individual reading and I remember being over the moon delighted that we got to have our own copy to read at home and together in class. The book begins in a dramatic way with the main character, Wilbur (a young pig) nearly being slaughtered by a farmer. He later finds out he'll be eaten for Christmas dinner. I was captivated by the comical conversations among the talking animals in the barn and I could appreciate the growing friendships among the animals. Among many other child-hood story books this well-written tale helped to ignite my imagination and my love for reading.
My husband is working night shifts at the hospital over the next few days so in between feeling sorry for myself and my ill-health, I want to use this time to finally begin this blog that I have been dreaming up in my head for a few months!
Welcome to my Blog, and thanks for reading! I can hardly wait to learn and write and share my essays here. At the end of this month I begin a short writing class at the local community college in the "Continuing education" program. The title of the class is
"The Secrets of Powerful Writing" Here is the link to the class description. Over the next 6 months I will also be working closely with a Life Coach and have already set a few specific goals to accomplish more in my writing this year. By the end of June I hope to have 24 essays archived on this blog, to hopefully publish in other places. So stick around, and enjoy the ride!