Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm a newby

I am new to this whole "blogging" thing. I really like to write, though, and tell stories. I created this account during my Educational Technologies class. I have never even pictured myself as a blogger. But the more I thought about it the more I became interested in it.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I hold two people responsible for this. First is my Aunt Mary who was probably the best storyteller that I have ever met. She was my mom's aunt and for as long as you could listen, she could tell stories. Aunt Mary had some of the coolest tales though. She was already close to 80 when I was born so she had lived through prohibition, the Great Depression, World War I and II and so much more. She was a member of the Republican Party and went to rallies and shook the hands of quite a few presidents. Some of the best memories I have are of going to her house, getting a Kit-Kat from her Kit-Kat drawer and listening to her stories of life as a kid, a housewife, and family. I think that Aunt Mary is one of the reasons I love writing so much. Her stories connected me to a past that was rich with history, humor, and faith.

The next person to influence this love I have is my mom. A few years ago I was searching for something funny to read. My mom suggested that I read some Erma Bombeck. So I did and from the moment I read the first page I was absolutely hooked! Erma's motherly wit and crafty wisdom was inspiring. At Wit's End (her column for many years) is hysterical. And since then I have nurtured this little dream of one day being a columnist like that. I love how she can take life's mundane little quirks and turn them into grand humorous moments.

I have no real idea what this blog is going to be like, honestly. Readers, if I get any, will be as surprised as I am. I am a college student and I didn't take any classes this summer and quite frankly I am bored. I am a dreamer too and I pray that maybe this is will turn into something. (Dream big, right?) If nothing else it will be cathartic to write.

I do know one thing for sure though: it will be about life. Because for me, even when life gets tough, there is always faith in God to keep you strong, family and friends to keep you sane
, and a moment where you just have to laugh.

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