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A letter to Dad on his 70th birthday*

*Which was March 13, but then we had this whole global pandemic happen, so I think he’d understand my cause for pause.

 

Dad's birthday
Slick Rick,
It’s hard to believe you’ve been gone six and a half years. I remember thinking you were so young to die at 63, and now today, you’d be 70. SEVENTY. That sounds so old somehow.
I’d like to think you’d be watching the world news without worry, knowing you’d already survived a terrible car accident, a few wars, and a massive stroke. You always had an eye out for prepping, whether it was with stockpiled paper goods or those Army MREs we thought were such a novel treat for dinner.
I know you’re so proud of Adam. He’s been resilient as ever this past year, welcoming their third baby girl into the world and overcoming some awful work news. He brought you a beer today, of course, and I hope your neighbors at the cemetery don’t mind that he doesn’t share. You’d love all of your grandkids equally, but I’d kill to see you and L have a battle of wits. She would wear out your patience and then give you that devastating smile to make you melt.
You must be proud of Mom, too. She sold the house on Rusty Circle, the same one where you had the stroke and spent the last days of your life. She’s making big changes that are scary, but she’s not alone. You’re always with her, even if she’d prefer if sometimes you’d just let her spoil the granddaughters without question. Her move to be closer to the kids is something you both would have enjoyed in this phase of life together.
I hope you’re proud of me. I’m trying to write more in my free time, which I’m getting a lot more of lately. I’m doing well at work and constantly look to you and Pop for the encouragement to keep doing what I’m doing, not worrying about what others think. I have some incredible friends who made root beer floatinis in your honor tonight and I cried even more than you did when we saw Mr. Holland’s Opus.
There’s a lot that’s happened in the last year, and I hope you’re still listening to me each day. I know you’d prefer I curse less and have more patience, but I do have you to thank for those qualities so it can’t be all that bad.
I miss you every single day and can’t believe how much you haven’t been physically here to see. I can’t believe how much there still is to come. All I can do is hope and pray you’re watching over us; taking breaks with Food Network or The Weather Channel; and grilling burgers to your heart’s content for all of our loved ones up there.
Sending you all my love,
Mouse

WO: Weekly Obsessions

It’s been nearly seven years of these weekly lists, which all adds up to this being WO #THREE-FREAKING-FIFTY. While not every week’s post has been Pulitzer Prize-worthy, I hope you’ve each found one thing (or many) to obsess over yourself.

Whether it’s zen motivation or a song you’re playing on repeat, these four finds inspire me to keep writing, in some way, each and every week. Even when I’m sick or traveling or going through a tragedy, you all are the reason I keep this going every Wednesday.

So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading and commenting and making this little witty world possible.

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Wittyburg Turns FIVE!

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Can you believe it? 5 years ago, I started this blog with a few posts in mind… and no idea where to go from there.

Things have changed a lot since then.

For example, I:

  • Started Weekly Obsessions, which have now had more than 220 posts
  • Picked up & moved from Florida to New York City
  • Made blogger connections & started following so many talented writers
  • Decided I love moving & relocated again, this time from NYC to San Francisco
  • Shared my greatest successes & deepest disappointments

Most importantly, this is all in large part thanks to reader like YOU! I’m consistently reminded through your views, shares, likes & comments that I’m fortunate to have a fantastic support system.

I’ve stumbled along the way, but I’ve grown & learned a lot, too.

From the bottom of my little Witty heart, thank you for being part of the journey. Here’s to many more milestones together!

Just for funsies: What was your favorite Wittyburg post?

WO: Weekly Obsessions

This is serious bizness, you guys. I’m so thrilled to celebrate the 150th post of Weekly Obsessions!

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It’s the most committed relationship I’ve ever had, and it wouldn’t be in my life if it weren’t for you lovely readers.

Thanks for sticking with me through all the weird, wild and wonderful obsessions — you make me proud of this little ol’ blog each and every week.

Cheers to many more!
–Wittyburg

WO: Weekly Obsessions

Today is extra special, because it’s a milestone for Weekly Obsessions …

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That’s right: This week is the 100th WO here on Wittyburg! I can’t believe this simple idea I had nearly two years ago turned into something that motivates (and frustrates) me so regularly.

Thank you for the support on a weekly basis — it means more to me than words can say. I’m excited and delighted to bring you another hundred more, and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

Cheers to being a total geek.

Image credits listed in Weeks 1, 2753 and 82