Hey Kid: Why I Write

As much as I'd like to say (or think) these daily letters are for you (my grandchildren) the truth is they are really for myself. I may never go back and read a single word but the simple act of writing each day helps me sort out my own thoughts. It's very cathartic. Writing helps me make sense of the world around me. I've been writing a daily post for quite a while now and I'm still shocked when people tell me they've read one. I know they are public and I'm well aware that I put my thoughts, feeling and emotions out there for everyone to see. But I'm still always a little surprised that anyone cares enough to read a word of it. I've always been an open book. I try to be authentic in everything I do and my feelings do not get hurt easily. I guess that's why I've been able to do this as long as I have. I handle the criticism well because in the end, it's all about me... not the readers.

Someday, I'd like to write a book. I just can't decide what I want to write about. The personal stuff comes easy to me... but I'm afraid I lack the imagination and self-confidence for a fictional novel. (And that makes me sad.) But I also realize that an undertaking like that would require a change in focus. Writing a fictional novel requires it being ALL about the audience... and I'm just not there yet.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is it's not going to bother me one bit if you never read a post. As long as you understand that your family loves you and anxiously await your arrival, then I will have been successful in my endeavor.