I first met Alison Lee on Twitter. I know, it’s crazy to even type that. I have to admit that I never wanted to be on Twitter. I was shamed into a few years ago at a Minnesota Blogger Conference. (Me: What the heck’s a handle? What’s the @ on everyone’s name tag? Everyone else: What a Neanderthal.) I’m so glad I WAS shamed into joining Twitter because it’s connected me to people like Alison. Last spring she tweeted a link to writing she’d done in response to an exercise from Use Your Words. I thought, how cool is that! So I headed over to her blog, and read these lovely snapshots of morning with her son. And then I read another post and another.
I love what she writes about writing/blogging: “I stopped writing stories for over 10 years when I worked in marketing and public relations, and only rediscovered it when my first son was 15 months old. By that I mean I started this blog on a whim, and to my surprise, found my voice.” Amen!
I’m honored to have Alison feature Ready for Air on her blog Writing, Wishing today as part of my book tour. Alison writes:
I have never been a mother of a preemie, although I’ve had two cousins give birth to very tiny babies (one at 30 weeks, he was as small as a kitten). I was frightened for them, but never felt connected to how truly scary it can be. I had no idea what it was like for a mother to look on their child in an isolette in the hospital, worried about touching them in case they jolt an IV. I could not fathom what it must have been for my cousins as they worried about every alarm that went off. Kate brought me right into each step of her journey from giving birth, navigating the NICU, to the early and exhausting days of motherhood, and her relationships with her husband and family.