This is my last post at The OC Register's Mom Blog. Thanks to everyone who left nice comments there for me.
Stay tuned for more news.
"We all love your blog here at the Register."
That's the e-mail I received from Theresa Walker, a editor of the Life section of The Orange County Register, over two years ago. (I saved it.) She was commenting on the "citizen blog" I was writing on the Register's website. Anyone can have their own blog on the site and I signed up and started blogging ... and blogging ... and blogging, hoping someone would notice me.
I was thrilled when I received her e-mail. We met for lunch and that's when Theresa asked me to be one of the bloggers for The Mom Blog -- again, THRILLED! I had been a stay-at-home mom for three years and had started blogging after a heart-to-heart with my husband over dinner one night. He told me he thought I was a creative person with no creative outlet and suggested I search for my calling. Then I told him I had this hair-brained idea about starting to blog. He was all for it.
We launched OC Moms in February 2008 and I kicked off my blog, then named "Mommy's Mind is not a Toy," with this post "...and all the germs laughed."
Since then I've made a lot of friends here in this space and connected with a lot of O.C. Moms. But, now it's time for me to move on to other writing adventures that have come to me in cyberspace. I'm enormously grateful to The Orange County Register and my editors, Theresa Walker and Roxanne (don't call her Roxy) Hack, for the opportunity, support and friendship they have given to me. They have helped make the dream of a stay-at-home mom to become a writer come true.
If you're a mom with a dream, whatever it is, and you think that laundry, brain-numbing children's TV, and exhaustion will keep you from ever achieving it, I'm proof that you can do it. I know that sounds a little corny. But, I don't know one mom who's not trying to figure out how to carve out a little creative or intellectual life for herself within her family's hustle and bustle. It can be done. I promise.
So to all of you O.C. moms out there who have a dream, to quote the line from Herb Brook's speech in one of my favorite movies, "Miracle": This is your time! Now, go out there and take it!
(Like I could not reference hockey in some way.)
Have you seen this video of a 4-year-old's rendition of the Miracle speech? So cute and pretty impressive that he could remember the whole thing. Hey, I'm happy if my son just remembers to zip up his pants.