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#AtoZChallenge

I just completed the Slice of Life Challenge yesterday, writing daily for the month of March. During that month, I cultivated a habit of writing something every single day. I can’t imagine not writing every day now, so here I am embarking on yet another blogging challenge. This one is the A to Z Challenge, where writers write 26 posts corresponding to the letters in the alphabet during the month of April. The challenge asks writers to choose a theme with which to focus their posts.

Something that’s been ruminating in my head lately is this concept of memoir. Memoir, by definition, is “a historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources,” but to me, a memoir is more than that. A memoir is not simply the historical facts of a person’s life, rather it includes reflection along the way. It calls the writer to examine his or her life, pulling to the surface specific memories that have meaning, making sense of one’s life, particularly through those everyday, ordinary moments.

As a reader of memoir, the ones I tend to enjoy the most aren’t those that are grandiose in nature. Quite the contrary, I prefer memoirs that recount life, as we live it. Honest memoirs, that look at the good and the not-so-good parts of life. Quirky memoirs catch my attention. One such memoir I thoroughly enjoyed was Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I picked it up because AKR was one of my favorite children’s book authors, but I didn’t put it down because it was engaging and quirky, and like nothing I’d seen before. It presented her life, in alphabetical order, as encyclopedia entries, some long and some short, but all showing pieces of who she was. As someone who has a lot to say for some letters, and not as much for others, this encyclopedia-esque format seems fitting.

I hope you’ll join me as I attempt to make sense of my life’s memories, documenting the parts that stick out in my mind. With that, let this month-long writing challenge begin.

A2Z-BADGE-100 [2017]

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I Wish You More…

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, the writer whose format I borrowed for I Wish You More, passed away this week at the age of 51. Gone way too soon. Her light and love shone through in her life, and I admired her so much. As one of my favorite children’s books (and memoir) authors, I shared many of her books with kids and teachers over the years. Her death has hit me hard, and in honor of her, I give you this poem. AKR, this is for you! I wish you more love and happiness than pain.

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I wish you more stamps than pages.

I wish you more tries than give-ups.

I wish you more what now’s than what if’s.

I wish you more quality than quantity.

I wish you more spicy than mild.

I wish you more books than shelves.

I wish you more oh yeahs! than oh nos!

I wish you more yummy than yucky.

I wish you more happy endings than cliffhangers.

I wish you more calm waters than crashing waves.

I wish you more bright than dull.

I wish you more grey than black and white.

I wish you more friends than followers.

I wish you more adventure than aversion.

I wish you more sunny than stormy.

I wish you more questions than answers.

I wish all of this for you,

because you are everything I could wish for…

and more.