Friday, April 1, 2011

A is For Something…

Sometimes I think too much.

It’s true.  I analyze events that are even less worthy of the moniker “The Situation” than the “Jersey Shores” reality television series star.  I’ve spent far more time than I care to admit trying to determine what “A” word I would use to jump start the A to Z Blog Challenge.  The process was already beginning to drain me, and I hadn’t even left the gate.

An ounce of wisdom, possibly my last ounce (besides my reserves, of course), sent me snooping around the host’s blog site for some answers and hopefully some relief.  There, I re-visited the rules of engagement.  In doing so, I found a couple of interesting tidbits I somehow overlooked during my initial review.  For example, there will be no post on Sundays.  Whew!!  That’s about all I have to say to that.  The second interesting tidbit I uncovered was the actual parameters for the challenge.  Here’s the paragraph that REALLY got me:

“You will only be limited by your own imagination in this challenge.  There is an unlimited universe of possibilities.  You can post essays, short pieces of fiction, poetry, recipes, travel sketches, or anything else you would like to write about.  You can post photos, including samples of your own art or craftwork.”

Sure I could have come up with something super deep and thought provoking, but with 26 letters in the alphabet…well let’s just say we have ample time to wade in deep waters, wouldn’t you agree.  Besides, it’s Friday!

So while I’m stressing over what to write about for my very first post, I could have just taken a picture of an apple, written the words “A is for apple”, and called it a day.  Now how much freedom is in that?!  Let me tell you that it’s a whole heck of a lot.  Especially for a girl like me who wants to get it JUST right.  In her humble attempt yet unnecessary attempt to get it JUST right, said girl beats what’s supposed to be a fun challenge, mercilessly with her “analysis stick”.

So I decided I have the following two choices:

1.      Either I’m going to be shackled by this challenge that’s supposed to discipline me, strengthen me and just get me wielding words again.

OR

2.       I can let this challenge set me free.

What did I finally settle on?  Before I let you determine the answer to that question I have one small request:

1.  Count or write a list of the “A” words in this post.  THOSE, my sweet friends, are your “A” words for day one of the A to Z Blog Challenge.

Finally, as a bonus:

A is for APPLE! (Insert BIG smile here! 🙂 )

Ahhh, freedom cometh, albeit (see more “A” words, lol) slowly, but it COMETH!!!  See you tomorrow!

Wise, Virtuous, Valuable,