Before I undertook this A-Z Challenge, I battled with myself over whether or not I wanted to join it. Having to commit to a writing challenge for which I was expected to produce something EVERY DAY was not something that fit well with my lifestyle. My grandchildren interrupted every word I wrote with things like, "Grandma, it's freezing out here with no coat on. Please let us back into the house!"
OK, I'm kidding – about letting them back into the house – not about them interrupting me while I tried to complete a sentence.
But seriously I felt as if I had suddenly become a tea kettle and somebody had poured a very tiny amount of water inside of me. With the burner turned to high, and within a very short period of time I was, in two words, under pressure!
Factor in that I'm tired – a lot – add all of my physical problems (bad back, asthma, cancer, migraines), consider the hours I care for my grandchildren – from early morning to late night – every day from Monday through Friday, and I had to ask myself, "Should I commit?"
I definitely felt under pressure, unbearably so! I bit the skin around my fingernails (never the nails themselves – ewww), got migraines, paced back and forth (in my head), and finally decided that for some insane reason, I had to pour out even more water from the kettle. As my insides boiled and spurt forth from inside me, I took that as a genuine sign from God to commit myself – to a hospital. I mean, to the A-Z Challenge.
Reminiscent of my high school years when my shorthand teacher, on Fridays, would give the class homework for the following week – one assignment due for each day of the week – I rushed home to complete all of the assignments that Friday night. So, yes, under pressure of not being able to complete my blog assignments, I took it upon myself to complete all of my blogs at once, too.
So here I was just days prior to April, stressing out, when I decided that I had to come up with ideas for all of them RIGHT NOW or I couldn't commit! I wrote down several ideas (about 20 of the 26), signed up, and over the next few days, completed all of the blogs except one.
The ONLY one that stumped me, the only one that caused extreme pressure was this one, the letter U. Unique? Unorthodox? Unusual? What should I write about? SO MUCH PRESSURE!
And then the light bulb in my head went off. At first it flickered, and then as I heard the tea kettle whistle, it came to me – Under Pressure.
And that completes Day #21 from the A-Z Challenge. Brought to you by the letter, U.
Previous A-Z Challenge blogs:
Amazon Hates Me – Day #1 from the A-Z Challenge
Bored – Why? – Day #2 from the A-Z Challenge
Craziness – Day #3 from the A-Z Challenge
When Your Daughter Develops, DON'T DO THIS! – Day #4 from the A-Z Challenge
Ellen – Day #5 from the A-Z Challenge
Family and Friends – Day #6 from the A-Z Challenge
The Grownup Table – Day #7 from the A-Z Challenge
Happiness & Joy – Day #8 from the A-Z Challenge
Idiots in the Attic – Day #9 from the A-Z Challenge
Jokes Accidentally – Day #10 from the A-Z Challenge
The Kid That Wasn't Named Ker – Day #11 from the A-Z Challenge
Living Out of Suitcases – Day #12 from the A-Z Challenge
Misunderstandings – I KNOW You Didn't Say What I THINK You Said
Networked Blogs on Facebook
The Old and The Elderly – At What Age Do You FEEL Old?
Peacocks Are Not Penguins
Quiz That Changed My Thinking
Reading Les Miserable
Sense and Nonsense
The Traumatization of a Third Grader