Tuesday, October 16, 2007

First Post: Why Blog

I've been debating starting this for weeks. Several strong reservations remain, mainly about privacy and the idea that if I'm writing here, I'm not doing the writing I "should" be doing.

Ultimately the reasons to blog prevailed.

Because anything that isn't a "should" is always more motivating.

Because a third child is on the way, and this might be my best chance of actually recording his/her milestones amid our busy days.

Because, while posts may not be "writing" per se, putting thoughts into words always eases my mind.

Because part of me is always compelled to share any good thing I find, whether a recipe, website, or book.

Because so many of our friends and family live far away. My favorite thing about a blog is that you don't send it to people---they only come if they want to. So, rather than inundating all of Aidan and Sean's aunts and uncles with Halloween photos, if they're interested, they can come here.

Because I've always been overly aware of my own mortality, and parenting only heightens that. I plan to be around for a very long time, and hope to dance at my grandchildren's weddings, but if not, this could be a record for my children. Brian has strict instructions to burn all my personal journals, but this is a more public record. A glimpse, perhaps, for them, into who I was (or wanted to be) when they were young and who they were too, at least in my eyes.

And because I want a record of these days, when my children are still small. Ultimately, I am my own audience here, and the blog is for me. Already when I look back at the last few years, it is all a blur. I want to take more photos. I want to capture those little moments that you think you'll always remember but ultimately forget.

          "We have stories to tell, stories that provide wisdom about the journey of life. What more have we to give one another than our 'truth' about our human adventure as honestly and openly as we know how."      -Rabbi Saul Rubin

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