I wrote Tall Grass for me, to gain a better understanding of who I am and why I am, for my family, most of whom don’t care to read it now but I suspect will read it when I’m gone and that’s OK, and for others in hopes that other people will write about their early life to better understand themselves. I’ve found that most of the visitors to my blog are coming through Search and they are in some form using the keyword “Life Review”, so I feel that I have achieved all of my primary goals for Tall Grass.
The other day at lunch a close friend, who had read Tall Grass, asked me questions about my childhood and some of the things that he had read. Many of the questions I couldn’t answer because they were things that I might have known at one time but apparently weren’t important to me at the time and now I don’t remember. This caused me to realize that who I am is a result of what happened to me in my early years but it’s also as a result of what I deemed to be important at the time, and I think that was controlled by my emotional state at the time. So if my emotional state had been different the results would have been different.
I mention this because I am in the early stages of developing a new website, BestofUs.com, built around the phrase “It Takes the Best of Us to Raise a Child”. It will be a closed circle social networking website built around the young children in our life’s, the children that we want to have an influence on even though they may live hundreds of miles from us, our grandchildren, or our nieces or nephews, or the children of close friends. If as a close knit community, I call it a village, we can add some stability, some emotional strength achieved by knowing that they belong, maybe the children in our life’s can become the best that they can be.
I just wonder
how my brothers and my life’s would have turned out different if there had been a tight circle that could have supported us after our mother died.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress with BestofUs.