It’s that time of year again, when bloggers embark upon the challenging task of coming up with one post a day for every day in April (except Sundays). That actually sounds easier than it is, as each day is assigned one letter of the alphabet, and you have to figure out how to craft a post around a word or theme beginning with that letter.
I have done it in the past on some old blogs from long ago. Every year, I think I am going to do it again and then I forget, or just don’t feel inspired. This year, I am kicking myself in the butt to get it done.
The year that I was most active in the #AtoZChallenge was back in 2011. I had signed up a bunch of my old blogs, had the entire alphabet planned out, and started cranking out posts. But then life got in the way. My father had fallen and hit his head and was suffering from a brain bleed. He had brain surgery on April 19th, but eventually succumbed to complications on June 2. I did eventually finish that year, but it took me most of the summer to complete the posts on the one blog. I did revisit the challenge in 2012, this time fully honoring my father.
My mother joined my father this past August 2018. While I am doing okay, it’s still weird to be an adult orphan, especially when most of your friends’ parents are still alive and active. (My parents were older when they had us.) I have 23141982634 thoughts about them both every day and need to get them out of my head. And yet I stop myself from doing so.
That’s why this year, I am determined to revisit my father and his legacy, by honoring him again on this blog. I am writing about my mother on my other site, which you can find over at Andi Explains It All. I think this will be cathartic for me. And if my story can help even one other person in their journey, it will be worth it.
So join me as I share our story. I’ll update this post as I get each letter published. Thank you for joining me in this endeavor.
#AtoZChallenge 2019 Posts:
B – Dad’s Bedtime Routine: Books and Boing!
C – The few times my dad cried
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