Hello everyone! My fellow blogger kiwinana – Elsie Hagley – of “Ramblings of a Writer” blog, recently re-posted her very first blog post. kiwinana inspired me to go back and look at my own first blog post. And here it is! (below)
Back then (August 2013) I had almost no followers and I was a newbie to blogging. I was feeling low about my own writing, and at the same time, my eldest child had just been diagnosed with blood cancer, a disease that was to kill him ten months later. I think I was in a silent panic, not even acknowledged to myself. They told us he had an “87% chance” of surviving under their treatment – so we expected him to live. It was a fussy, complicated treatment, with multiple drugs on multiple days, spanning several months. But he would live, we thought. We just needed to get through this horrible time.
As I sometimes say, you never think they’ll be in the “13%” (dying).
I’ll include a photo of him here, taken at OHSU Portland, the first week of treatment. My daughter knitted the purple PICC line cover on his left arm. (He looks healthy, doesn’t he? Ah, well.)
Looking back on all the blogging and writing I’ve done and read in others’ blogs over the past 3-1/2 years, I’m realizing how much I’ve learned in that time. Thank you all!
What was your first blog post?
The plane is noisy, crowded. The flight is full. They’ve done the beverage service and they’ll be coming down the aisle soon with the food cart. In front of you a businessman has flipped open his laptop, is typing away furiously, probably on his email. Across the aisle a kid is watching a movie on the digiplayer, headphones plugged in, slouching.
You were hoping for a seat with no one next to you, you only want to relax and forget what has happened in the past 48 hours, but instead you are seated next to a modern-day gypsy. She pulled down the tray table and laid out tarot cards as soon as the plane leveled off. As much as you tried not to look, you couldn’t help but notice the exotic illustrations on the cards.
She turns to you.
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