One of the criteria for those who receive the ABC award from its creator, Alyson, of the Thought Palette blog (http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/abc-award/) is to nominate other blogs and also to share briefly something about yourself, from A to Z.
I recently wrote about my blog being nominated for an ABC award in this post
https://onlychildwrites.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/only-child-abc-blog-award-nominee-on-memoir/ Now that it is official (thank you Alyson for awarding me this and Trisha http://trishadm.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/alphabet-soup-the-abc-award/for nominating me), it is time for me to do the A to Z list of things which have meaning for me. In line with this blog’s content about writing my memoir, including all the offshoots into health, living the only person syndrome, time management, etc., and of course, my parents, cousins and my son and his partner, here is my short list.
A is for ABC Award (I couldn’t resist) but it is also A for my mother’s middle name “Amelia” and my middle name “Anne,” and for Alison, my son’s partner, and Alyson who gave me this award.
B is for blogging.
C is for Crawford, my last name.
D is for death, in relation to my parents. I still grieve.
E is for empathy with others who are only children – any age.
F is for my family.
G is for good, which despite all the ups and downs, I feel my life is (well 80 per cent anyway).
H is for my health, what is good about it, but maybe for some of the bad as it teaches me lessons and makes me curious to find answers.
I is for inspiration which fuels my imagination.
J is for Joker – a mild word to describe whatever causes the snafus in my life.
K is for Kleenex, something I use a lot, for allergies, for crying when sad, and when really exasperated.
L is for Langevin, my father’s last name and the name I was born with. I still use it, too.
M is for memoir, and also for Martin, my son.
N is for Nancy, an “old” friend from school – grade to high school, whom I reconnected with at a high school reunion almost ten years ago.
O is for ostrich, the way I used to handle problems and sometimes do now, at least as a delaying tactic.
P is for parents – mine – Julia and Albert.
Q is for quiet – something as an only child and now only adult person you can get lots of.
R is for retreat, something the nuns at my grade school and one of the high schools sent us to.
S is for my son, Martin and also my first name, Sharon. My mother once told me she had also thought to call me “Sheila.”
T is for Tim, a childhood friend who stood up for me against The Bully. I reconnected with him 12 years ago.
U is for umbrella – I had a synchronistic, almost psychic experience with an umbrella left in a park and my mother’s spirit in the fall of 2005.
V is for the first letter of the last name of three cousins on my dad’s side of the family. We used to go to their home sometimes for Christmas dinner.
W is for writing. What else for a writer?
X is for xylophone, which as a child I used to play (a very tiny xylophone).
Y is for yellow, the colour of the sun. In my childhood and today I prefer sunny (and warm) days.
Z is for Zoomer, what I am in age and partly in spirit now. My spirit is also with my childhood.
Now, it is my turn to nominate other bloggers for the ABC Award. I have a few in mind and will report in a future blog post once I have done so.
In the meantime, there is a Facebook page for ABC Award blog winners. Check out the comment with my blog post at https://onlychildwrites.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/only-child-abc-blog-award-nominee-on-memoir/ and go to https://www.facebook.com/ABCaward?bookmark_t=page
Sharon Langevin Crawford
Only Child Writes