My head has been swimming with ideas for the past few months, ideas that haven't had time or concentration to do, at least until now.
One of the ideas I've kicked around was starting a kitchen table type of news opinion blog. It would be earthy, plainspoken, and hopefully, funny at times. Sort of like a cross between Rippa's Intersection of Madness & Reality, and Field Negro, and flavored by me, Kit.
I'm still undecided about this. From a news commentary perspective, the Internet is already a Tower of Babel. Need I really add more opinions to it? Even if they resonate with you? I have to think more on this.
Another idea is one I put into effect today that you might want to do yourself.
I made a blog for each of my children. My son, however, is an adult, and I wasn't sure he'd be interested in reading it. He surprised me as he often does.
"Go for it," he said enthusiastically. "I'll put stuff on it for you too."
"Like what?", I ask.
"My music... and things I might want to say but forget about later."
I smile, he smiles back with pride. His lyrics are probably one of the best ways he communicates his feelings.
So, why should you or I do this?
It occurred to me last year that although I'm young, my son is grown and will be on his own soon, and in only two years, and if my young daughter gets a scholarship and lives in a dorm far away, she'll only be 16 and might find late night soothing words and advice from mama just the thing she needs.
In addition, I also think about life is so uncertain. Any of us could unexpectedly check out. I lost my mother in 2004. I was lucky to have had her for as long as I did, and I miss her voice, her wisdom, her humor.
Thus, should something happen to me while my children are young, they would miss out on so many things I'd like to tell them, particularly my youngest who isn't ready for all the discussions I expect we'll have in the years to come. Thoughts on dating, friends, classmates and professors, co-workers and bosses, religion, spiritualism, money, the seduction of consumerism and materialism, you name it. Just little random bits of wisdom that I learned along the way.
As I've been writing this post, it hit me also that other young women might enjoy a similar type of blog, where I speak to you directly in a way that's different from this one, and I think it'll be different from any other I've seen out here in cyberspace.
*long pause... start creating second blog... will post to it Sunday afternoon, and from there on, each weekend*
Some births, like some decisions, come easy.
The content in this one aspires to be wise and nurturing, distinctly feminine, somewhat old-fashioned, and is called Letters To A Young Sista.
It's for you to read and enjoy, all of you, sistas as well as brothas, for we are yin and yang, and at our best, we compliment one another.
In the meantime, below is the first post for the private blog for my youngest, as a starter idea how to set up one for your son, daughter, or loved one.
You'll Always Be My Boo
We're sitting here in my bedroom. I'm at the computer, you're sprawled across the bed. I am laughing and you are laughing at me for my perpetual nerdiness.
Today, the first day of Spring, I'm showing you this blog. No fancy layout yet, and the title of it is undecided. It's for you sweetie, just random thoughts about life that might be helpful to you in the future, when you're in college two years or in the event that I take that trip to eternity while you're still young.
Right now you're eating an orange.
"You know what's good?", you ask.
I raise an eyebrow.
You answer, "Putting it in the freezer for an hour before eating."
I nod my approval. "Better than ice cream and less fattening," I say.
"And what were you eating this morning?!", you demand.
Oh, but your I gotcha tone of voice. I laugh. You scold me and say, "Ice cream on pancakes!"
"It was a rare treat," my inner child replies, still smiling and not feeling a shred of guilt.
"Not at 8 o'clock in the morning!"
You give me that look. You're great at that. I chuckle.
"Okay," I concede. "Tomorrow I'll have a semi-frozen orange for breakfast."
This time you nod your approval. You're so special. You are a child, but I can see the inner-mother in you. Perhaps you should be writing sage wisdoms for me. I love you.