I am not one to brag and draw attention to myself ................ but I now have 100 followers!! When I started this blog, it was mainly because my daughter wanted me to. It was to be a way to keep in touch with my family. I am not big on phone chats, since I have to be on the phone a lot anyway. And when my kids do call, I am usually busy with the campers.
It has also been an exercise in writing for me. I have always wanted to write a book ......... but what would be the purpose if no one wanted to read it? My view of the world is a little skewed and I find irony in many things. The first attempt at writing was what I call The Book Of Adrienne . Adrienne is my youngest and most adventurous. She left Minnesota and moved to Florida. Her siblings stayed close by and when we visited her (on demand, to bring the rest of her belongings) I had a hard time leaving her behind. I sensed that she needed me. While he who drives, was at wheel of the motor home I was on task with paper and pen. I was a little teary as I watched her waving goodbye. Anyone who knows her would never think of her as needy. She is almost 6 feet tall and my head rests on her shoulder when I stand next to her; but that will never negate the fact that she is my baby. I have been known to say that had she been my first, she still would have been my last. She is, and always has been a force to be reckoned with.
With all my thoughts of her tumbling through my mind I started writing down all my memories of her childhood. There were many. The girl leaves her stamp where ever she goes. When I got home I started pulling pictures of her out and matching stories with them. I was going to type the stories and print them, but my dear daughter-in-law convinced me to write them by hand. It was huge undertaking and I had the project spread all over the house when she called from Florida and in a small voice told me that she wanted to come home. She was home by Christmas and my gift to her was the book that was still in progress. She cried when she opened it. When I was at her new house last week there were still boxes to be unpacked, but The Book Of Adrienne was right there on the coffee table.
I cooked for my kids and their families on the last evening there. We celebrated birthdays that were coming next month and laughed and talked. The Book Of Adrienne was passed round and even though she was absent, we all had fun reliving some of her antics and laughing at some of the more unflattering pictures I had included in her book. Then the most amazing thing happened. Adrienne's older sister, Jill, said "Hey, Mom, when are you going to do a book for me?".
I know what my next project is ......... but in the meantime, I have 100 followers!