My dear friends,
I started this year with a personal goal of getting an essay published in a publication that pays.
I've gotten rejections, which don't feel good but are to be expected.
Sometimes I wonder if I should keep blogging, because I have so many friends who used to blog, but haven't for years. I wonder if I should be making myself write and submit more essays for publication, rather than spending the time on the blog. But I like LG and it keeps me writing, and there are so many stories I tell here that nobody would be interested in publishing.
One night after work a couple months ago, I was waiting for the light to change at the corner of Connecticut and Q. I checked my email and almost stepped out into traffic.
There was a message from an editor at the On Parenting blog of the Washington Post. She liked my blog. Would I be interested in writing a piece for them?
It is up today, and you can find it here.
My essay is about talking to my kids about the fact that my dad died by suicide. It is, as you might expect, deeply personal, and I'm so proud to have this piece up at the Washington Post.
Truly incredible people were willing to talk to me. They so generously shared their time and their expertise. I learned a lot that I will use with my kids, and I hope I conveyed my story and the advice in a manner that's accessible and helpful.
If it resonates, I'd love it if you'd share.