Monday, October 24, 2011

22 Things I Have Done

Warning:  This is not the kind of thing that I typically post here, however, since so much of my journey is about my teaching and parenting experience, I think it belongs here.  This was written in a response to a writing prompt from Mama Kat's Losin' It.  The prompt was to write 22 things that you have done.  The example was a simple list but, surprise, I couldn't quite get my crayolas to stay inside the lines but there are 22 here.  I put the link to Mama Kat's site at the bottom of this post; it's a great one for writers and blog junkies!  Here goes:

      I have rappelled down the side of a mountain with my heart in my throat.
      I have laughed and wept at the same time.

      I have dreamed of being a mother and seen that dream come true through both the miracles of modern medicine and adoption--and KNOW each way is perfect.

     I have been the "belle of the ball" and I have been "the beast."

     I have held on, white knuckled, with both hands.  I have learned to let go.

     I have seen profound beauty where many saw only imperfection.
     I have railed against injustice and I have turned a blind eye.

     I have sobbed in the arms of a friend and sobbed on her behalf.

     I have loved and lost and dared to love again.

     I have heard the voice of God in whispers and shouts.

     I have crashed and soared, stumbled and danced, stammered and sung and lived to tell the tale, stronger and more at ease in this single skin of mine.


  1. This is beautiful. Your 22 things sound like a life well lived!

  2. Love that you know the ways you became a mother were perfect!

  3. Thank you all so very much for coming to my blog and leaving comments. It's like a Christmas present every time. I had a lot of fun with this prompt. I can't wait to read yours:)

  4. I love your list! It's beautifully written!

    And, yes, I've heard God in whispers and shouts... Praise him in rain and sunshine, right?

  5. Thank you so much, Betsy and yes, ma'am, especially in the rain:)

  6. Beautifully written piece. Warms my heart.

  7. Thank you so much, Him and Her, and thank you for coming to see my sight.

  8. Thanks for stopping by my site! I love your list!!!!! I too have laughed and wept at the same time...such a weird feeling and awesome at the same time!

  9. So beautifully written!
    I've loved reading these this week.

  10. Oh, you turned your list into poetry. How intensely gorgeous. Nice work, lady.

  11. Nicki, OneMommy, and Angie, thank you all so much. I loved this prompt and I appreciate you guys sharing with me:)