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October 29, 2003

Cake or death?

Oh Eddie! It was fantabulous last night! So good, so good. I loved it. :D So I won't elaborate because it's all mixed up in my head now but here's a review if you want. And if you still haven't looked up Eddie Izzard after all my ranting.. well then I guess you don't trust me. And that hurts. Well no not really. It's fine. He's amazing though, and you will think so too! But moving on. After the show we (me, my sister, the godmother of cool) got to meeeeeet him! And maybe we (okay, you, heehee) freaked him out a little but who cares cuz we got a picture!! And as soon as my sister gets it off her camera I will put it up here. So that was that, and I didn't get home till 12:45, resulting in approximately 4.5 hours of sleep, but hey that's all right because it rocked. :)

Today was ... karaoke. Again. In religion class. Meh. We did "Flavor of the Week" ("made popular by American Hi-Fi!"), which I like and know (always helpful), so I got into it a little more and then at the end realized my mic was off. Aah, yes. I am so failing that class. Also today was volunteer day and unfortunately I got all the crap jobs, and I do mean crap. Mucking out stalls, not so fun. Oh well, time to do minimal amount of homework now and then watch Smallville and The OC -- Adam Brody! Yeah! But man I wish this week was over. I kinda miss sleeping.

Posted by Lauren at October 29, 2003 07:45 PM

Comments

"...I got into it a little more and then at the end realized my mic was off." Oh, man... That always happens! Stupid irony :P

I'm glad to hear you had fun :D I still haven't looked up Eddie Izzard, though... But that's purely out of laziness :)

Posted by: Allie at October 29, 2003 09:22 PM

Amen to laziness.

Posted by: Michelle at October 30, 2003 07:31 PM

I WOULD LIKE TO ASK EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR HELP. I DID AN INTERNET SEARCH FOR THE TITLE OF MY POEM “BEFORE I WAS A MOM” AND IT’S ALL OVER THE INTERNET. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN IT AND REPHRASED IT INTO THEIR OWN VERSION AND I DON'T MIND THAT. WHAT I DO MIND IS THAT SOME DO NOT KNOW WHO THE AUTHOR IS, NOR THE ORIGINAL VERSION, AND OTHERS ARE TAKING CREDIT FOR IT. TRULY, WITHOUT TRYING TO SOUND SELFISH, I WOULD LIKE TO BE GIVEN THE CREDIT FOR SOMETHING MY DAUGHTER AND I HAD TO ENDURE TO GET THIS MESSAGE ACROSS, OBVIOUSLY, TO THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. I CANNOT LET GO OF THE FEELINGS I HAVE IN REGARD TO HOW MANY LIVES THIS MUST HAVE TOUCHED. I KNOW IT TOUCHED MINE. PLEASE SEND THIS OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, I NEED YOUR HELP.

In the year 2002, my daughter was going through a very difficult time in her life (as many of your own children will). As a mother, I was in great pain for her and didn’t know how to help her. All I knew to do was pray to God for Him to help. Before I knew it (with God’s help I’m sure) I was sitting at the computer typing out all of my feelings I had grown to have not only for my daughter, but also my son. By the time I was finished I had written four separate poems, trying to explain to my daughter just how important she was and still is to me. As I sat back and read what I had just said on paper, I was completely astonished. I knew I loved my kids with all of my heart and soul, but I didn’t realize, until recently, just how meaningful and powerful those words must have been for someone else.

I am an avid fan of the Dr. Phil Show. I have been watching Dr. Phil help a family from the beginning of the 2003-2004 season. In this particular family, is the youngest child Katherine. For some reason, (maybe because of my own life) my heart went out to her. One night, I found myself on Dr. Phil’s website writing to Katherine. I wasn’t sure if she would ever see what I had written, but regardless, I felt I needed to say something to comfort her. I decided to share one of my poems with her. This poem was called “BEFORE I WAS A MOM”. I never really gave it a second thought, until last night.

While searching the internet for an inspirational poem for my brother-in-law, I found a couple of pretty neat web sites. As I went through the first web site, I found many neat poems, but I wanted to keep looking. When I got to the second website I started looking over the list of poem titles. As I got part way down the list, I wasn’t sure I saw what I did. “Before I was a Mom”. Immediately I opened the poem and started reading it. I quickly browsed through the words and was seeing words that I had written to the exact same title of poem. Although some of the wording had been switched around and some words were missing and others were added, I knew this was my poem. At that moment, I knew I needed to take credit for my poem.

When I first started writing the poem "Before I was a Mom", I never realized it was a poem. All I knew was I was in pain for my daughter. When I was finished with this poem, I knew it was with God's help that they turned out the way they did. When I submitted it to the Dr. Phil website, I only hoped that it would help young Katherine. I never truly realized just how special it must have been until I saw it all over the internet. I sincerely appreciate every single web site that has posted my poem, but now I would like to ask each of you to please allow me the credits. I am totally blown away that I actually did something, not only for the good of me and both of my children, but also for millions of other people who may be blessed enough to read it. I truly believed, from the very start, that this poem was a gift from God. I believe we all have a special connection for a reason. And if that’s the case, I hope what I had to say can help all of you if not at least one. “Before I Was A Mom” was inspired out of a Mother’s love for her children and God’s love for each and every one of us. Thank you all very much.

With sincere thanks,
Sharon L. Twitchell


HERE IS THE ORIGINAL POEM:

BEFORE I WAS A MOM

Before I was a Mom;
I made and ate hot meals,
I had unstained clothing,
I brushed my hair every day,
I had quiet conversations on the phone,
I slept as late as I wanted and I slept all night long.

Before I was a Mom;
I cleaned my house each day,
I never tripped over toys or forgot lullabies,
I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous,
I had never been puked on, pooped on, spit on, chewed on, peed on, or
pinched by tiny fingers.

Before I was a Mom;
I never thought about immunizations,
I never held a screaming child so the doctors could give shots,
I never looked into teary eyes and cried,
I never felt my heart break into pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt,
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.

Before I was a Mom;
I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put it down,
I never sat up late hours of the night watching a baby sleep,
I never got up in the middle of the night to make sure everything was okay,
I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.

Before I was a Mom;
I had complete control of my mind, my thoughts and my body,
I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside of my body,
I didn't know that having something so small could make me feel so
important,
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,
the wonderment, or the satisfaction of being a mom.

Before I was a Mom;
I never knew that something so small could effect my life so much,
I never knew that I could love someone so much,
I never knew I would love being a Mom,
I didn't know the bond between a Mother and her child,
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.

Before I was Natalie's Mom.

Sharon L. Twitchell
Salt Lake City, Utah
Copyright 2002
sltwitchell AT comcast DOT net

(I do not have a website)

Posted by: Sharon L. Twitchell at March 13, 2004 11:47 PM

Sharon Twitchell is delusional. She no more wrote this poem than I wrote the Declaration of Independence

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