The Distillery

Sometimes a situation will require you, or a proxy, to distill the entire essence of your being into one word or phrase. If you die in a small town with a bad newspaper, it could happen like this: Helen Riordan, 94, Longtime Bingo Caller at Coxsackie Senior Center's Annual Casino Night; or Martin McPhee, 78, Retired Priest, Loved Children and Sheep; or Margo Daly, Once Went Over Niagara Falls in an Inflatable Kayak Purchased With Marlboro Miles, Dead of Cancer at 57.

Maybe you belong to a club or volunteer with a group of people who are all something. A mother. A farmer. A writer. A crossing guard. A champion pie eater. How do you decide on a label? How do you determine if it's family status, profession, or some hard-won achievement that really pegs you as a human being? I know a lot of it depends on the situation, but sometimes life is just a generality.

As for me, I don't know what I am. I'd like to think "writer," but for that to really work I'd probably have to write. Or at least post to my blog more than twice a week. But if, for the sake of discussion, I am a writer, where does that leave my poor, motherless child? And, more importantly, where does it leave my tax returns?

So, dear readers. Tell me what you are. All of you. It'll do this blog mama good.


Anonymous sarah said...

I have to say I have been a bit disappointed in your lack of posting! I'd come to rely on it to know what is going on in your world and get my daily dose of human and insight.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a: dad.

first and foremost. all the other things i do, i do to help the one thing that really really matters, being a dad.

- Jon
- Daddy Detective
- www.daddydetective.com

8:37 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Such a great question! I am many things, and there are so many groups I identify with:

Woman, mother, lover, writer, New Yorker, Jew, thirty-something, daughter, sister, aunt, stepdaughter, democrat, feminist, workaholic, procrastinator, loyal friend, critical thinker, tv watcher, crossword fanatic...

12:31 PM  
Blogger Jene said...

This is a timely question for me. The Summit Education workshop that I went through last week (Basic) and the one I will begin next week (Advanced) force me to really look at who I am and how I show up in the world. I just don't have any answers yet!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Chicky said...

I'm a lot of things... Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend. But when my mother died a couple of years ago, which ever title we used to describe her in her obit (also in a small town newspaper) all began with the same thing - Beloved.
That's how I want to be remembered.

9:50 PM  

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