In Writer in Residence

Written by: Collette Cottingham; Anontropolis


I had to be both a father and mother. Most times I went blindly into the dark. I played catch, explored the wilderness looking for Pokémon and was a Ghostbuster in training. I had no idea what I was doing. I was just trying to connect with my young boys.

There were lots of tears, laughter, love and so much joy. In my need to connect I relied on the men from my past: my great grandpa who listened to my endless chatter. He taught me the importance of listening, my grandpa who took me outdoors. He taught me to appreciate nature. My grandfather who sacrificed time and money for others. He taught me the power of faith. My father who played with my siblings and I, no matter how tired he must have been. He taught me to treasure the simple things in life.

I used the tools given to me by the many men in my life. I connected with all three of my children, my sons and my daughter. I am so proud of the young adults they are today. I am a big part of their success as are the ancestors who came before them.

The connection I searched for brought me closer to my children and to the stories of my ancestors. I love weaving my family history into my stories. I have many interesting characters in my own family. Each person has a fascinating story to tell. I can’t wait to share their stories with all of you.


Inspiration Challenge:

Which one of your ancestors do you connect with and why?


Write On Ladies, Write On



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