Bonjour, World! C’est Moi, Melle!

So I signed up for the WordPress online course, Blogging 101, and the very first assignment was “Introduce Yourself to the World.” I chuckled to myself, piece of cake, as I scrolled through my blog to the part that said Much Ado About…Who? I fully intended to copy and paste (a skill I have nearly mastered) and have my first assignment under my belt.

That line of thinking quickly came to an abrupt halt.

The Much Ado About …Who? description had been written in 2012. A LOT had changed since then.

Deep breath. I got this.

I promised myself when I signed up for Blogging 101 that it wouldn’t end up in the pile of all the other commitments I had made to myself. It wasn’t going to be the step class I paid a month in advance for but only attended the first class; it wasn’t going to be the pact I made with myself to actually read the Book Club selection rather than Google the Spark Notes summary ten minutes before the meeting; it wasn’t going to be the promise I made to consistently post on my blog…

By signing up for Blogging U., I would be held accountable for the question I have been asking myself since, well, 2012. “To Blog or not to Blog.”

So my moment of truth has arrived and it’s time to get on with it. Shall we?


Who am I and why am I here? I’m Melle Richardson, a forty something mother of three who was born and raised in the state of California. Nearly two decades ago, I was transplanted to the Midwest via proxy of marriage. Originally, a stay-at-home-mom, I became a single mother and then ultimately an empty-nester. I am currently trying to navigate my way through a very technology based world in which, against all odds, I misplaced the very necessary directions. Equipped with a positive attitude and an awesome sense of humor, I am determined to succeed at whatever I do even if I’m not completely certain what it is I want to do. My immediate goal is to graduate from Blogging U. at the top of my class.

We live in hope...To Be Technology Savvy
We live in hope….Ah, To Be Technology Savvy!

Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal? I do keep a personal journal but it’s time to branch out and become part of the Global Conversation. As the singular member of My Own Worst Critic Committee, I am willing to risk it and branch out into the world, haters come what may. (They can’t be any worse than Me, Myself, and I) —(Right?)


What topics do you think you’ll write about? I’d love to write about current events and how they pertain to me (of course) but I would have to be savvy enough to figure out the configurations of my blog and write something–anything, really– before the topic I was writing about was no longer trending. (I feel confident Blogging 101 will provide me with the necessary tools to make this dream a reality.)


Who would you love to connect with via your blog? OMG! Who would I love to connect with via my blog? Elizabeth Gilbert of course! We would Eat good food, Pray about me figuring out the logistics of my blog and Love every minute of it! CAN.YOU.IMAGINE.???


“Let’s cross over” in Italian from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love. Photo via Instagram.

If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you have hoped to accomplished? If I blog successfully throughout the next year, God willing, my blog will be made into a movie and I will be played by Julia Roberts. No wait! If I blog successfully throughout the next year (and by this I’m guessing the Blogging 101 people mean I will be able to post my own blog without any outside assistance), Liz Gilbert will write a screenplay in which Julia Roberts and I can play two super technology savvy sisters who blog their way into Happily Ever After.


So there you have it.

Enough about me, right? It’s time for you to decide what you think about me.

Let’s do this!

In the Blink of an Eye

Back to school

Today marked the day of three of the most dreaded words in the English language: Summer Is Over. Back to school went many of the children across the state of Missouri, including mine. I proudly plastered photo collages of my children all over Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As unbelievable as it seems, my baby is in high school. High school. It doesn’t seem possible and yet the reality is undeniable. It seems like just yesterday the tiny faces in those pictures were looking up at me and now all of my children tower over me. It went by in a heartbeat. A millisecond. In the blink of an eye.

Twenty-one years ago, when I first became a mother, I was living in northern California in a small town near Napa. Once a month, there was a Tea Dance at the Community Center. The young and old would co-mingle for an afternoon of refreshments and ballroom dancing. It was delightful! My very best friend Mimi (we met at a Lamaze childbirth class; she had her daughter shortly after I had my son) and I took our newborns to one of these Tea Dances. I can remember sitting in the lobby, breastfeeding our little babies, two timid first time mothers trying to navigate our way through unfamiliar territory. Two elderly ladies came over to us. They smiled knowingly, women who had been there, done that, but long ago put those tee shirts away. They heralded experience and were anxious to share with us things that were good to know.

Much of the advice bestowed upon new mothers is the kind which suggests doing things a certain way. Make sure they sleep on their tummy, don’t let them have the bottle in the crib. But these veteran mothers had a different message. It was simple and to the point. Mimi and I didn’t completely buy into it at that particular moment in time. In fact, it may have seemed a little far fetched. But from where we are standing now, it all makes perfect sense.

Mimi and Me

Melle and Mimi All Those Years Ago

They told us to enjoy every single minute. That was their advice. Enjoy it all because it would go by quickly, before we even realized itthey assured us. They promised us that in no time at all, we would be standing where they were, giving new mothers the very same words of wisdom.

I’ve never forgotten that because it DID go by fast. I never expected it to, never believed it was possible. In a blink of an eye, my babies grew up. Now when a baby announcement pops up on Facebook, the first thing I always tell new mothers after “Congratulations” is “Enjoy every minute!”  I savored every moment just as I promised those ladies I would all those years ago at the Tea Dance. I’m so grateful to them for pointing out such an important part of being mother: It goes by fast. Enjoy!