Mama Kat’s time again. Last one this year. I chose prompt #1.) This year in blog posts…choose a favorite post from each month of 2011 and share.Bear with me. Feel free to browse and read any of them you want but I won’t blame you if you don’t go read them all because that would take a long time. You can either click on the highlighted words or highlight and paste the URL in case the highlighted words don’t work. So here goes nothing!
Starting in January of 2011, my favorite post from January (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/miracles-on-fb-street/) which also happened to also be one of Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop posts. Looking back it is even more poignant because at the time I wrote the post about my brother reconnecting with his long lost daughter, none of us knew yet that he was sick nor that less than 3 months later we’d lose my brother. It means even more to me now than it did when I wrote it.
My favorite post from February (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/praying-for-monkeys/) was also about my brother. I titled it Praying For Monkeys because my kids all called my brother Uncle Monkey. I bought him some pajama bottoms while he was in the hospital with those “monkey sock” faces and they became his favorite bottoms. He wore them more than any others after he got sick. In fact, he was wearing them when he died. Again, it means a lot more now looking back after the fact.
My favorite March blog post was title Inspiration (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/inspiration/) where we were supposed to write about someone who inspired us. I wrote about my brother’s daughter, Brenda, who has been battling breast cancer for the last 4 years. She is still hanging in there even though the doctors have told her and her husband that they have done everything they can and have stopped all treatment and are pretty much just waiting to see what happens and keeping her comfortable. So if you can send up an extra prayer for her and her family, it would be greatly appreciated.
April was a very hard month for me. My brother lost his battle with cancer and for a while I felt the bottom dropped out of my world. In case you couldn’t tell, a lot of my posts the first few months of the year revolved around my brother and his family. My favorite April post was a tribute to my brother and his life (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/a-fitting-tribute/) Even if you don’t read the post, please take the time to watch the wonderful video tribute my brother in law Dirtman put together for my brother’s funeral. Be warned… even if you never met him you may want to have a tissue handy. It’s very beautiful.
My favorite post for May was (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/05/31/bearly-waiting/) a Spin Cycle topic of waiting. I wrote about our experience of waiting on the bear at my mom and dad’s when we went up to Virginia for Relay for Life. IF you haven’t read it, I think you’ll enjoy it.
June’s post that I guess I’m most proud of was a very cathartic post which happened to be another Mama Kat’s (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/the-man-she-wished-shed-never-met/) in which we were to write a poem about an experience we wished we could forget. As hard as it was for me to write, I think it helped me let go some.
My favorite July post was once again one of the Mama Kat’s workshop posts where we were supposed to write a post where both the first and last sentence of the post contained the word “Boss” (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/youre-not-the-boss/) and I wrote about how my little sister got me the beating of my life because she didn’t think I was her boss. If you haven’t read it I think you might enjoy it and I was writing about my lovely sister and fellow blogger SuziCate from The Water Witch’s Daughter.
August brought me to write a post about race relations (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/08/25/same-as-us/) when I was growing up in the 60’s and 70’s and how our family handled it or rather didn’t. It was again a Writer’s Workshop prompt in which we were supposed to begin and end our post with the same sentence.September I had two posts back to back that I had a hard time choosing between. One was a prompt from (wait for it) Mama Kat’s (does that seem to be a theme) about a memorable fishing trip (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/gone-fishing/) and I wrote about one I took my brother on. The other was written the same week in response to a Spin Cycle theme on family tradition (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/sundays-at-the-old-home-place/).October was when our hometown hero Lance Corporal Scott “Boots” Harper (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/these-boots/) who was killed in Afghanistan was brought home to Douglas County and I wrote about how such a tragedy seemed to bring our whole community together. If you can’t read the whole thing, please at least watch the very moving video at the end. Grab your tissues. Once again, thank you Boots! Your service to our country and community was unblemished and you gave your all literally and we are eternally grateful to you and your family for your sacrifice.November found me writing a lot about our crazy chiweenie Chorizo’s escapades but I think the most tiring but still most stirring was when he took off in Virginia and gave me a run for my money (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/the-long-and-winding-road/) whether I wanted it or not!And this month? It has to be my open letter to my hubby (https://pegbur7.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/the-first-30/)on our 30th anniversary. Thank you baby. You are the greatest!
Hope you guys get a chance to peruse back through some of them if you haven’t read them. I enjoyed writing them all and I so appreciate the friendship and love I feel from each of you. Without you, there’d really be no reason for me to continue writing.