Sunday, March 3, 2013

A Secret Shared

I stumbled upon this Slice of Life Story Challenge last year by happenstance - well - maybe not...
Perhaps it was the infinite Universe and the Divine power that collaborated to bring it into my life at just the right time.
All I know is that it fit - it met a previously unrealized need - and it was MINE!!!  I consciously decided NOT to share this challenge or my blog - with anyone - not even my kids or husband.
I hoarded this piece of heaven I had found - I hoarded my relationships with all of YOU - hoarded it as would a survivor of some catastrophic event who knew every ounce of water or morsel of food meant another day of life, perhaps.  I had found a community who was supportive and encouraging and who challenged me and questioned me and motivated me to be better.
No - I would not  noT  NoT  NOT share this with anyone.
And - selfishly - I reveled in this decision.  I needed you and this "space" all to myself.

I STILL DO- but I found myself out on a date with my husband a few weeks ago - (I won't say how long ago the last date had been - but we are talking YEARS, not day, weeks or months).  We sat in a darkened lounge listening to really excellent blues and sipping our beers.  We found ourselves sharing - GASP - dare I say it - ADULT conversation.  We tried hard to not slip into the familiar habit of talking only about our kids or our daily life.  As the evening progressed we began to discuss summer plans - and whether the kids, the dog and I would spend a month or so up in Michigan on the lake with my sister-in-law and her family.  I mentioned that I might want to find a class to take - pottery?  art?  maybe writing?  Somehow, at this point, it just slipped out:  "Last year I participated in this SOLSC during March and I am going to again.  I have a blog and I want to write!"  What a relief.  It felt good.  I don't know what I expected - he wasn't shocked or appalled - he didn't laugh at me.  He just quietly nodded, asked a few questions, sipped his beer.  He agreed I should look for a class if I wanted to.

I have since shared the fact that I am participating in this challenge with my daughter - who is quite interested in seeing my blog.  But I told her I wasn't ready to share it yet.  Not yet.  I still feel the need to keep this mostly to myself - to continue to hoard my time spent with all of you.  Selfish - yes, perhaps.  But I still need something - something creative - to call just MINE. (I hope you don't mind!)  It is nice to know, however, that I have made a step - small, thought it may be - towards calling myself a writer publicly.  Thank you fellow slicers for making room for me and letting me keep you to myself for so long.

Quote of the day:  I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
                                                                                                    ~Pablo Picasso


  1. Isn't it amazing how much you didn't know that you needed to write daily until you are doing it? I love the challenge. Not sure if I could do it 365, but also didn't know how much I would love the process and the feedback.

  2. Thanks letting us be a part of your secret! Maybe the proximity of our computer to everyone lets me keep no secrets! A writing class sounds divine!

  3. I kept my blog secret the first year too. My daughter in law now knows, I had a problem I needed help with. But other than one writing friend I'm keeping this close.

  4. It's okay to keep some things close to yourself. When you are ready, you can share. When you do share with those you know, they will see another side of you and appreciate you for the person that you are. I hope you can find your writing class.

  5. I was very hesitant at first, so I know how you feel. But I believe you will learn, when you decide to share with your family, that as wonderful as the comments from this community are, the ones from those close to you are very special, too.

  6. This is my third year of SOLSC, and my daughters nor husband nor friends don't know about it. Only my sister.
    I love how you explain your point of view at the beginning. i am excited that you are taking steps forward with writing - taking a class sounds wonderful.

  7. So much to love in your post today. The date, the secret, the writing, the intrigued daughter. Personally, when I learn that people have hidden secrets and talents ~ like seeing a colleague's painting exhibited at the county fair and never knowing she was an artist ~ I am immediately more impressed and inspired by them! Most of the time, secrets make people more interesting. Thanks for sharing!