Wednesday, April 21, 2010

100 Things

In honor of my 100th post, I offer you 100 bullet points.
  • 100 posts
  • 5 months
  • 58 sexy flags
  • A web of connections across the continents
  • new friends, more than I dreamed
  • a world opened up before me
  • one marriage, lost
  • one voice, found
  • one future, unknown
  • Tonight I sorted through boxes in the basement looking for things to give away
  • digging deep into the past and pulling up armloads of clothes and jetsam from days gone by
  • I found an old purse and realized it had never been divulged of its contents
  • One by one I pulled out pens, lipstick, chewing gum
  • Then I froze
  • This was my mother's purse
  • The purse she had been using when she died
  • Here was an address book from 1990
  • and she had carefully written in and scratched out my various addresses, tracking me across the country, across continents
  • and her last paystub, dated January 3, 1993
  • The chewing gum was still soft
  • I stood there for a long time
  • When the purse was empty I handed it to Jim to put with the rest of the stuff we were giving away
  • He handed it back to me, gently, told me to smell it
  • I did
  • but it didn't smell like her
  • Too many years gone by
  •  
  • Here is what I want
  • To hold a mirror up to my children so that they may never doubt
  • the incredible light of their own souls
  • To never stop writing
  • To travel the world, all of it
  • To speak my truth, all of it
  • And come late June, when the days stretch long and coreopsis and phlox and coneflowers blanket the prairie floor and the sky is a thousand miles wide
  • I’m getting in my car and driving to western Kansas
  • to Amy Leigh’s farm
  • where I’m going to run naked through a field of wheat
  • with or without you President Obama
  • And that’s not all
  • You know that new URL I have (wanderlustlust)?
  • I didn’t buy just one
  • http://www.flaghussy.com/
  • Uh huh
  • And what the hell
  • http://www.australiancrush.org/
  • That’s right
  • I’m an org
  • Care to donate?
  • But on this, my 100th post, I'm thinking mostly about you
  • Without you
  • all of this wouldn't exist
  • and to me you are more than just someone who reads my blog
  • because when I fell
  • you were there to catch me
  • and I’ll never forget that
  • People can say what they will about virtual friendships
  • and people have
  • but I know better
  • I know that you are not just a name on a screen
  • that you live and breathe and love and hurt and write a piece of yourself into every post
  • that you are gloriously imperfect
  • as am I
  • as are we all
  • We are nevertheless blog gods and goddesses
  • are we not?
  • Expression spilling from our fingertips
  • onto pages
  • so that we may rest another day
  • tame the wild beast
  • Well, quiet her at least
  • And something in the telling helps us know that we are not alone
  • in what we feel
  • in who we are
  • because we are not alone
  • ever
  • ever
  • ever
  • And through each other’s eyes
  • we see ourselves
  • reflected back
  • in all our wonder
  • and in that reflection
  • we hold a vision of each other at our best
  • Mothers, fathers, sons and daughters
  • we become our consummate selves
  • courageous in the face of pain
  • gracious in the face of slight
  • We are artists in the medium of life
  • dreaming dreams of who we really are
  • fearless explorers
  • genius creators
  • lovers of venusian proportion
  • hot bloggy sex on a popsicle stick
  • That’s us
  • you
  • me
  • we
  • shine

  
Stumble me you sexy beast

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36 comments:

  1. Awww group hug you flag hussy! Happy 100th posts!!

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  2. Beautiful post!!! Happy 100th post and congratulations. I'm blessed and flattered to be part of your blogging community.

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  3. Happy 100th Post... This is a real nice post. We are all in this together. Loads of love

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  4. *tears* Happy 100th! You're amazing. That is all.

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  5. THAT'S great writing. Thanks for being here!
    To a hundred more..... *clink*

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  6. Awww. Stumbling you now you Flag Hussy you. I love you, KB.XO

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  7. From one little Aussie to You !

    Congratulations, what a refreshing, free, joyous & honest soul you are.

    Here is to the next 100 ! Cheers Big Ears

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  8. Nice.
    you know.
    just tired but really happy for ya!

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  9. Great post. Again. If you were ever to write a book, I'd buy it. Food for thought?

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  10. Jayzzus you can write lady. Happy 100th post. I love bullet points btw. Look forward to the one where I read 1000 bullet points ;)

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  11. very touching - especially about your mum - my own mum died in 1993, and I still occasionally flick through her old notepad scribbles and picture books - knowing that she has missed seeing my baby boy and my sisters little daughter growing up really hurts. At the toughest of times I think of her spirit and love of life, and I truly believe it lives on in me every day, nothing will ever take that away

    Here's to many more blogging adventures for you!

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  12. I was thinking what should I do for my 100th post on my blog... now you've gone and blown any chance I had of making it awesome out of the water!

    AWESOME post honey. :) x

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  13. 100th post! Woohoo!

    I loved this post, BTW.

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  14. Big ol' 100th post smoochies. I still wanna take you to dinner and a movie...even more now than I did before.
    Awesome post

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  15. Happy 100th! What a way to celebrate. wonderful.

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  16. Quality posting.... happy century x

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  17. Congratulations on 100 posts! 100 beautifully written, expressive, wonderful, artful, delicious posts!

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  18. Dominic, see my RBU post next week. (heart, heart!)

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  19. more than just 100 posts - 100 good posts! well done

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  20. Aw, big group hug guys. Thanks for all the comment love!

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  21. Keep speaking your truth. We are here to hear it.

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  22. Wow. I loved it too. As I read it, especially around your mom's purse, I felt my world get still and silent and nothing mattered but what I was reading. It was very good.

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  23. I love you and your writing more than my luggage.
    Stumbled, sweets.

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  24. I love it! I especially love the blog goddess part. I may have to borrow that! I shall give you complete credit of course! :)

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  25. I want a Popsicle like that. Soon. Please.

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  26. Happy 100th! and many more!!

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  27. Congratulations for 100 amazing posts!

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  28. Lol, I've been zipping through posts in my reader trying to beat down the 189 posts in there laughing at me and saying I'll never read them all but I had to stop and comment on this one.

    Big sloppy kisses to you and well done on reaching 100.

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