When I look back at RG 2007, I am struck by two things: the volume of good writing and the telling writing itself. When one commenter spoke of the dark tone of my posts early in the year, and how she hoped it wasn’t foretelling, she knew what I didn’t at that point–that one of the greatest changes of my life was about to take place. And yes,my writing foretold it all.
My favorite posts are those written in the first six months. They include the following:
Best post, maybe: It’s Always Been Right There
The story I think about to this day: If You Only Had One Wish
Most poignant for so many reasons: Love Letter
Poignant and telling: And Suddenly She Was Gone
Still gives me goose bumps: Last Days
Simply, a personal favorite: Through the Roof
From July 2007 on, I wrote mostly about leaving everyone and everything I’d known as an adult and making the big solo move to SoFla. I shared many comparisons and thoughts about differences with D.C. I also explored the painful exercise of starting over as a single girl who felt little more wisdom and maturity than that of a teenager. In many respects, those posts were the toughest to re-read.
Enjoy the first half of the year’s posts highlighted above. Read on, if you can bear it, and know that while my writing then may not have been my best, it became my best friend and confidant. Without such an outlet, who knows where the free fall might have landed me.