On Mother’s Day of 2017, I decided to start writing a weekly post dedicated to the young people in my family (Natalie, Emma, Ella, Allen, Ryan, and Sarah), NEEAAReSt and Dearest. In writing the posts, I realize everything I write is a because-I-want-them-to-have-happy-loving-healthy-and-independent-adult-lives ode. They are between 10 and 20 years old. I have written in my voice, the only one I have, to reach them. I have written about the best lessons I have learned. I have written about life’s questions. I have written about what I know to be true. I have written filled with hope that my words will make our world a better place for us all.
Here are three of my favorite NEEAAReSt and Dearest posts from last year.