I recently wrote a bit of a rant about a particular brand of yearly family newsletters. It went something like this ..
And then there are the family newsletters. No, not yours – I love getting yours. Yours is different. But you know the ones, right? The ones that tell us how little Piper is speaking twelve languages now that she’s in third grade and how darling Cooper narrowly missed next year’s Olympic team in water polo. They thought about appealing the age limit, but decided to wait until he turns six. Apparently Piper can’t decide between the eight sports at which she excels (Thank goodness there are seven days in a week and we can fit in two on Sundays!) and Cooper just isn’t sure if he wants to continue to play the violin in the city symphony. (Second chair is just tough on a five year-old’s ego and it really cuts into rehearsal time for Shakespeare in the Park.)
I went on to say that
Our news just doesn’t fit as well into a chatty golly-gee-ain’t-we-grand letter. But it doesn’t mean that we don’t have news. It’s just that I’m not sure that the stuff that’s HUGE to me translates into newsworthy to my family and friends.
But you – you get it, don’t you? You know why small moments like the ones we had last night aren’t small at all. You know why I want to shout them from the rooftops. And you know why I don’t. You know why I keep them here, where they’re safe – treasured – celebrated. And why it takes 365 newsletters (or oh, say .. this blog) to really tell you about our year.
And then I wrote about how Brooke had spontaneously kissed me the night before and then how she’d held my hand (my WHOLE hand – not just a pinky!) the ENTIRE walk back to the car. Small things to some, but not to those who walk in our shoes.
Well, my brilliant cyber-friend, Neil came up with a great idea that day. He suggested that we create our own newsletter. A brag-fest, if you will – where we all could shout our children’s accomplishments (and ours!) from the rooftops – in this sacred place of understanding and support.
And so, here it is. The Community Brag Page.
The idea is this – when you have something that you want to share, you can leave it in the comments on this page. When you need a little inspiration, you can come on back and read through what others have written or read back over your own and see how far you’ve come.
Feel free to talk to each other here - it is an open forum. I will moderate any comments that I don’t feel are respectful and supportive, but otherwise this space is yours.
Since I can’t wait to get started, I have relocated some of your comments from the original post.
because it is a sense of community that makes the good times sweeter for the sharing and the hard times more bearable for knowing that we’re not alone
ed note: I apologize that I am no longer able to send individual e-mail responses to the brags, but please do check back here for comments. And I encourage you to respond to each other as well!!