It was difficult to put myself out there in such a vulnerable way, to share all the secret thoughts and the dark moments that lived in my heart, but it was oh, so worth it. I've never received such an amazing response to one of my articles before.
The amount of complete strangers who contacted me to share their stories blew me away. Other ordinary women and mothers, just like me, who had struggled with the same question, and the same conflicting feelings. I felt such comfort and strength from these other mothers who were walking a similar path, and I never would have received such gifts without baring my heart online.
A huge thank you to Julianne Palumbo and Michelle Riddell for the nomination and validation. The Mothers Always Write site is such a beautiful, nurturing home for women's writing, and I encourage all my writer friends to submit there.
I haven't been putting pen to paper as much recently, with different freelance contracts and day jobs, but this nomination inspires me to put my creative hat back on again. What a thrill this is! In case anyone's wondering, Best of the Net is a yearly anthology of the best poetry, fiction and nonfiction on the web.