Hello, I am “Cordelia’s Mom.”
That, of course, is not my real name, but it’s how I was known in Cordelia Calls It Quits, the fabulous blog written by my daughter, Kelly Gurnett. It was there that I got my entrance to the blogosphere. Rather than create a new name when setting up my own blog, it was easier to continue with “Cordelia’s Mom.” I’m lazy that way.
Just like Kelly/Cordelia and like most little girls, I dreamed of being a writer when I grew up. In elementary school, I wrote poems and stories which I gave to all my relatives and teachers. My sixth grade teacher allowed me an entire class period to read one of my stories aloud to my classmates, and they loved it. I was almost popular for a whole day!
But then came 11th grade — and English Teacher Mr. V. I wrote a story incorporating every ounce of my teenage dreams, desires and fears and presented it to Mr. V, who took one look, told me it was garbage and why didn’t I write about something I knew. Within 5 minutes, Mr. V had convinced me that no one would ever have any interest in anything I might write, or for that matter, in anything I might ever have to say.
I stopped writing.
The following week, I went to my guidance counselor and changed all my advanced placement and college bound courses for business courses (typing, stenography, bookkeeping). I graduated high school and took a job with the federal government, where creativity is not only unnecessary but actually frowned upon.
I got married, had children, and went on with my life, assuming that I was right to give up my childhood dreams. Until — my daughter started her own blog, became successful at it, and began encouraging me to write a post as her guest. I really thought she was nuts (I knew from that old teacher that my life was boring, boring, boring!), but eventually she talked me into it. I found I not only enjoy writing, but according to Cordelia’s (and my) readers, I am actually good at it!
With the additional encouragement of both Kelly/Cordelia and our readers, I decided to start my own blog. Like most bloggers, I was terrified that no one would come to visit, but then I realized that even if only one non-relative reads and enjoys my posts, I have succeeded. And with each additional reader, my success is reaffirmed.
Who I Am, Really
While I’m not quite ready to reveal my actual name (I like being a mystery woman, although you may call me CookieCakes), I can provide you with some basic information about me.
I am now officially retired, but working part-time as a legal secretary inasmuch as Social Security is not adequate to pay the bills. For more than 20 years prior to retirement, I was a full-time real estate paralegal, which I sometimes loved and sometimes hated, but it did give me lots of material for later use in my blog posts.
I spend my free time reading books, taking photographs, and playing videogames. And, of course, writing this blog!
And Now, On to the Main Event
As I say in my introductory post, my stories will entertain you, titillate you, and maybe even make you cry. I hope all my readers enjoy my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!