There's a blog I follow that is neither a teaching blog nor a book blog. I believe I found it back when I was reading a lot of adoption blogs, but although the writer's family includes adoption, I wouldn't call it an adoption blog either.
And "Mommy blog" is so dismissive. Family blog?
The best I can do is tell you it's like Erma Bombeck, although that's not quite accurate either, as Erma took the seeds of real life and spun them into exaggerated stories. This blogger doesn't have to exaggerate (much) in order to hit over-the-top. But the incredible humor still reminds me of Erma, and she has the ability to switch gears into poignant reflection as well.
Enough of the intro. I'm talking about Beth Woolsey's Five Kids is a Lot of Kids, and if you click over there right now, you'll find her latest piece, which literally made me laugh until I cried (and we English teachers make a point of using "literally" correctly, right?), as well as the piece from a couple of days ago, which just made me cry. A pretty definitive showcasing of her work.
Anyway. Beth is my hero in a lot of ways, and I was fortunate enough to meet her last summer at a welcoming and fun writing retreat she runs on the Oregon coast. And one concrete thing I've learned from her is (drum roll...) you can embroider whatever the hell you want onto dish towels.
When I first learned this amazing fact from her blog several years ago, I set to making dish towels for my sisters with family sayings on them. Then I had my daughter draw a picture onto a towel, and embroidered it as a gift to her grandma.
But I think I have reached new heights with this, the dish towel I'm presenting my friend Kristi with at her birthday brunch in an hour.
Kristi and I have been friends since she joined my class in third grade. Which is to say, 40 years next fall. We have celebrated a LOT of birthdays together. She is one of my favorite human beings, and I made her a dish towel that is both topical and timeless. Check it out.
So, thanks to Beth's blog, Kristi is receiving perhaps the coolest dishtowel ever stitched. Who says blogging won't change lives?