A Perfect Lemony

While I’m holed up with a fussy baby, walking and joggling, sitting every forty-five minutes to nurse, and having given up entirely on trying to type one-handed (Okay, baby! Okay! I hear you down there squarking in the swing! Give momma one more second with her computer!)

…trying to type really fast with two hands to the tune of a grumping little grumpus…

See, this is why I have blogarrhea. Why I don’t write anything for two weeks and then BLAM I put up a 45 page post on breastfeeding or bats. (Just be glad I left out the footnotes and index.)

Anyway, I’m giving out another Perfect Post Award, this time for the month of September to my dear friend Lemony at Lemon Parade.

I love my Lemony.

A few years ago when I was just getting back in saddle what with the words and the phrases and the stringing them together to make sentences, Lemony and I were in a writers’ workshop together. We tweaked each other. We nudged each other. We told each other “You can do it, you can do it! Knock that dust off your knuckles and get down, sister, get down!”

We said, “Tell me more. And now a little bit more. And now tell me even more about what you don’t think anyone has the patience to listen to, what you thought couldn’t - or rather shouldn't - be time wasted on words; the notions and feelings and times of your life that you think are just too ordinary, too humdrum, too just-another-lone-woman-with-kids-in-a-house-somewhere that they aren’t worth the keystrokes. I want to hear what you have to say. I want to hear your voice tell your story from your corner of the living room."

The story of grocery shopping with a child

The story of a broken sink

The story of a little girl whose definition of “ordinary” is painfully unthinkable...


And the story of her own little girl putting on her backpack and new sneakers and with absolute faith in the world, walking on toward her first day at school.


Sometimes, it’s all so sublime, these ordinary moments.

Sometimes, you start to write it all down, all this ho-hum, humdrum ebb and flow of everyday life, and the ordinary beauty is so overwhelming that mere sentences aren't enough.

Sometimes, it’s all so wonderful... you break into poetry.

And it becomes something extraordinary.


And sometimes, you say it all perfectly in 50 words or less.


A Perfect Post for September

Space from Lemon Parade

Smooches, Lemony.

You're perfectly out-of-the-ordinary.


Check out Petroville and Suburban Turmoil for the entire list of September's Perfect Posts.

8 comments:

Jay said...

YOu know, for a post about someone else's perfection, I think you did pretty well yourself.

Mom101 said...

Any friend of yours is a friend of mine. Can't wait to check it out.

Also, ball's in your court on the BU correspondence...

Jess Riley said...

Looking forward to reading the recommended posts! I put much stock in your opinion. :)

wordgirl said...

You don't have to tell me twice. I'm going to check her out. I'm always looking for a new "read". Thanks for the tip!

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