RED’S WRAP SAID WHAT?…Blindsided

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Jan Wilberg, another “Red” and fellow 2015 BlogHer Voice of the Year was awarded for this piece about strength in the face of adversity. I had the opportunity to meet Jan at the BlogHer reception. She is lovely, as is her blog. Enjoy!

Red's Wrap

I wasn’t prepared for this. No one told me how to take my personality, my intelligence, my accomplishments, my ambition, my ego and put them all behind a gauzy thick wall that mutes most voices and distorts the sounds of everyday life. The siren could be a whistle or a baby screaming or someone’s worn out rear brakes, I won’t know until the ambulance crosses the street in front of me.

I wasn’t prepared for this. No one told me how to stop the waves of self-pity, the dejectedness I feel when I realize that once again I have missed the point of an important conversation or become the target of loved ones’ exasperation with my having heard them wrong one time too many today. Until death do us part skipped the part about the burden of a disability suffered by the partner who doesn’t have it.

I wasn’t prepared for this. No one told me…

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Menomama3 SAID WHAT? …Between

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Menomama3 SAID WHAT? …Between

With The Skootch soon celebrating his 5 finger birthday and Bubbe starting to walk home from school with friends instead of me, I was reminded of Menomama3’s post from her blog, Life in a Flash. It stayed with me long after I read it.

About Menomama3:
Sweaty and swearing, I am a post-menopausal mama staggering through the days, sleep deprived and cranky. I sound off, reminsce, ruminate and sometimes rant. And make stuff up, too.