It’s been a while, eh? Over a year, in fact. I’m (somewhat) embarrassed to admit that I missed this space after I closed the blog down and even went through a short grieving period when my days over over-sharing Evelyn’s life were over. Blogging – and this community – was a big part of my life for years, and it was somewhat emotional for me to let go.
Shortly after I closed down Solo Mama at the end of May 2016, I got an email from someone, a reader and fellow mom blogger who goes by the name of Bri. She also has a daughter, who is about 1/2 a year younger than Evelyn. We’d emailed off and on since 2015, but nothing that went beyond a cursory blogger online friendship. After I hit publish on my farewell post, Bri sent me an email letting me know she’d miss the blog. It was a short email, but one sentence in particular resonated:
I feel like I know you even though we have never met.
Huh. Well…me too. And so I did something out of character. I emailed her back and gave her my phone number. It is not my habit to give my phone number out to random bloggers on the southern end of the continent. But, I did. I told her to text me if she wanted to stay in touch. And, she did.
On June 3rd, 2016, Bri sent me the first of what would go on to be countless texts exchanged between us. And that was the ordinary day just like any other day that completely changed my life. Within the span of a year(ish), she’d gone from a virtual stranger, to a virtual friend, to the one I can’t live without.
Although I could fill my days with sending Bri emails, I felt the urge to return to blogging. “Once a writer, always a writer”, and so I’m back in the blogging world, this time writing less about Evelyn and more about me.
Anyway – if you’re curious about what my life is like as a solo mom in a long-distance relationship or just want to read something when you’re bored or you have a deep-seated need to see couples selfies, please visit my new website, Barf Bags Not Included. I hope to see you there.