Amazing women

Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.

Margaret Sanger

The Vagina Warriors
The Vagina Warriors – First rehearsal


The first time I heard about the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was at a games night. One of my friends said that she’d once (or twice?) completed NaNoWriMo, and I was forced to confess that my National November Writing Month 2013 had lasted for precisely one day. Why not have a go at A to Z April, she asked? All it requires is that you post on your blog every day in the month of April, excepting Sundays, with each day of the month representing a letter of the alphabet. Easy!

Inspired by her enthusiasm I went home and planned my theme and thought about all the copious notes that I’d write. My advance planning would mean that not even the anticipated arrival of a gorgeous friend that I haven’t seen in four years, nor the hiking holiday in Interlaken, nor the semi-intensive French classes would prevent me from completing the challenge.

Then I went to that same friend’s leaving party. And another friend mentioned that casting was soon to take place for a Geneva production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. And then I auditioned. And then I got a part. And then I started rehearsing. And then my preparations for A to Z went out the window. And now it’s April 1st and I haven’t pre-planned a single word.

So instead of focusing on the theme that I’d planned before, I’m going to dedicate these 26 consecutive days of blogging to the extraordinary experience of being involved in the play. And to the wonderful women with whom I was privileged to share a stage. And to the beautiful people who came to see us perform. And to the women for whom we raised money. And to the hope that their tomorrows might be at least a little better than their todays. And to some of my other favourite women in the world.

The first thing that I can say about the experience of being part of The Vagina Monologues is that it was truly enriching. It was extraordinary.

It was, in a word, amazing.

(And by the way… The friend who told me about April A to Z? I’m sure you could guess… Yep, you got it. Amanda.)

15 thoughts on “Amazing women

  1. excited to learn about A to Z April from you! something to think about (or actually participate in)… good for you for taking up the challenge! and great post. look forward to the rest of the alphabet!

    1. Wow, thank you so much, Jetgirlcos! Your blog is wonderful and I’m so excited to have been introduced to it so I’m thrilled that you like mine too. Here’s to an amazing April!

  2. Hello there from a fellow A-to-Z blogger. Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about you on your home page and your recent posts. Looking forward to reading more!

    1. Hi Renata. Thank you for taking the time to find and read some of my blog! I’ve just dropped in over at yours too… It made me feel calmer just being on your page! I’ll look forward to reading the rest of your challenge. Good luck!

      1. Hi Michelle,
        I’m glad you liked my too. That’s so good to hear that you felt calm being there! See you through the alphabet and thanks for following me too!

  3. This post struck a chord with me. A little over a year ago my daughter (Second daughter of three) asked if I would be with her and her husband in the delivery room for her 4th child. It was the first time I was there for one of my (8) grandchildren’s births. It was amazing. No words. (I’m tearing up again…) My daughters are my heroes.
    My A-Z theme is family history where I share more about my kids (all 4–got a post tomorrow about my only son!) as well as my ancestors. Gail at Making Life An Art

    1. Hi Gail. Wow, that sounds like such a beautiful experience. How wonderful that you’ve experienced the whole cycle, with the ability to tell stories about your mum (I just read the spaghetti on the ceiling story – love it!) and your daughters and grandchildren. So lucky! Thanks so much for reading. I’ll look forward to following you through the alphabet.

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