I’ve been an avid reader since I first learned to read. Some of my earliest memories are of books I loved and read countless times through the years. Reading transported me from my mundane daily life into a life filled with adventure and fun.
Often, I lived the life of the hero, or heroine, as I journeyed with them through the story. I laughed and cried when they laughed and cried. I was excited when they were excited and I was always sad at the end of the journey. I’ve lived in boxcars, eaten stone soup, found the old clock, worked though a maze of junk to get to my secret hide-out, and ridden on a vacuum cleaner. As I grew older, my journeys took me across the ocean and around the world. I’ve lived the lives of royalty, renegades, and rogues. I never wanted to quit reading to eat or sleep, but I did.
Eventually, I married and had children of my own. I loved reading the children’s classics to them and enjoyed introducing them to all my old friends. I found I still loved the old stories, but have also grown to enjoy an entirely different point of view. Today, my reading takes me into the darkest murders and minds of convicts and victims. I still find myself empathizing with the hero and heroines and receive odd looks from my family when I laugh, or cry, while reading.
Somewhere along the way, I also discovered a love for writing. My early writings consisted of boring accounts of my life and my frustrations. Writing was an easy way to let off steam and move past disappointments. As time passed, writing also became a venue to savor the little things that give me pleasure in my family and friends lives and in the world around me.
Thus was born the blog. I’ve recorded funny stories about my children, myself and my marriage, and our friends. I’ve opened up and let people see what makes me vulnerable. I’ve laughed and cried while writing and been sad when remembering. From this blog, I’ve started writing and am looking forward to publication.
See, I told you this was “it’s all about me”! I hope you enjoy reading (and commenting) as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing.
Vicky Edwards, B.S.G., M.S.E., M.A.