MFRW 2018, 52-Week Blog Challenge Blog Hop
Week 1: Favorite thing I’ve written, and why
The topic doesn’t specify a favorite book, but we’re all writers so should “book” be assumed? How could I choose one of my own when they’re all favorites? Let’s say I did choose a favorite book I’ve written. I’d be Howdy, Ma’am, but I’d choose this book more for the WHY.
However, I’m not choosing a favorite book today.
I took time to reflect on this week’s topic. Way back in time, I’d written a poem when my oldest son graduated from high school. I had been emotional for weeks leading up to the big day, and I shed many tears as I poured my heart into writing the special words chosen for him.
My first child—my little boy had grown up. I won’t post the poem here because it’s personal to my son. When I came across the poem a few months ago, joyful tears fell, now convincing me the poem was a favorite thing I’ve ever written. The title of the poem is “Shining Beam.” The original first line began as:
It was just your first birthday with cake on your face. Since then, time has been running a race…
Instead, I backed up from his first birthday to before he was born. The poem carries on through different stages of his early life and up to his high school graduation. The title came from the last line in the poem:
Look in the crowd… That shining beam is me.
Of course, when my youngest son graduated, the emotions started all over again. My baby—my second and last child had grown up before my eyes. I wrote him a letter instead of a poem. The letter to him was the second favorite thing I’d ever written. Besides my books, of course.
Why? The poem and letter had meant more to me than it did to them at the time, but as grown men, I hope one day they’ll understand how important it was for me to open my heart to them.
Well, here we all are again. This year I can’t promise to make each week in the blog hop, but I love having a topic or direction to guide a post. Last year I met so many talented authors via Marketing for Romance Writers, in addition to authors I had previously known from the group.
Bloggers, readers, friends, I hope you continue to hang out with me in 2018. Have a blessed year.
Hey, this is a BLOG HOP!
Like last year, don’t forget to visit the participating authors.
Thanks for reading.