This is the post that made me dance and scream around the living room last week when I received the email that I had been selected as a 2014 BlogHer VOTY. California here I come! I am honored to be among some amazing talent and will be counting down the days until the conference in July. Scroll down for more VOTY posts worth your time!
History Of The World Part 2
It was the kind of day when the weather suggests you enjoy the outdoors, warm enough to ditch the heavy coats of winter and the restrictions they provide. Yet as I walked down the streets of Washington, DC, I held tight to a light sweater as I felt a cool breeze in the air. It really was one of those perfect days to sit under a tree, blanket spread with picnic regalia in all its splendor, and a good book in hand. I, however, lost all thoughts of the outdoors and the call of nature, as I stepped through the doors to the dome-shaped building which encapsulates the yesterdays and the tomorrows of our nation’s history.
With each step I took upon the tiled floors, tiny squares of intricate designs, I couldn’t help but think of all those whose footsteps graced these halls since 1793. How many men and women eagerly entered this meeting place of the nation’s legislature, with hopes of not only leaving their footprints on these tiles but their imprint on our country? If I listened closely, I could almost hear the intellectual and political discussions, words floating up and around the painted dome with its mythological and historical impressions, secrets being whispered among the collection of American art gracing the walls.
For hundreds of years life changing decisions have been made amid the half circle of desks in the Senate gallery and throughout this building, behind closed doors and in the presence of those whose job it is to record it for our history books. The circular theme of the building a constant reminder of how history repeats itself no matter how hard we try to avoid it, coming back full circle in another attempt to teach us the lessons we didn’t grasp the first time. There is a reason buildings such as this one are preserved at all costs. They hold our history and they hold our future.
I felt honored to walk the same path as these leaders who have shaped our nation, to sit in the very seats they sat in, to admire the artistic details on walls and ceilings and look out the windows at the same panoramic views their eyes have also seen, to stand in awe of the majestic statues of American Presidents stoically keeping watch on the history they once created.
I also couldn’t help but feel small and insignificant in this magnificent rotunda, the symbol of the American people and our government. And yet, as I looked through my camera lens at my family, positioned in the exact center of this magnanimous building something else came into focus. I saw my history and my future in their smiles. I saw my husband and I in our first home shortly after being handed the keys, slow dancing in our socks in the living room to the music in our hearts. I saw my children’s peaceful looks as I rocked them back to sleep in their nurseries night after night. I saw us teaching our children to read, to ride a bike, to tie their shoes, to love, and to live. The truth is, life changing decisions occur in our homes every day. Lessons are taught and history is written. Our homes hold our history and hold our future. Each lesson we pass down to our children, each kind word we utter to our family, each impression we make upon someone else is a step in shaping their future, our future, and ultimately our nation’s future. As I headed out past the towering statues of George Washington, Susan B. Anthony, Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and the many others who have shaped our present, I couldn’t help but be reminded that each of their stories began at home.
My fellow Honorees In the Exploration category:
Amy Mcvay Abbott from The Broad Side for Leaning Ugly
Africadayz for For Ian: An Ordinary Saturday
Angelle Bonnecarrere from She Drives a Vegetable Car for Once Upon a Time in New York
Yuvika Chaube from My Musings for A Letter to the Previous Owner of My Mobile Number
Chris from Campfires and Cleats for Always Hope: The Soldier in the Snapshot
Debra Cole from Urban Moo Cow for Introduction to Eating Disorders
Dalene from hecKtic travels for Death Camp
Natalie DeYoung from The Cat Lady Sings for The Art of Holding Back
Shannon Duffy from Deepest Worth for Shining Through
Cheryl Dumesnil from VillageQ for “I Just Want to Be Like Everyone Else”
Anita Finlay from Anita Finlay for WW II Female War Heroes Deserve to Have Their Stories Told
Gretchen from Second Blooming for Spin Cycle: Haunted Hollywood
Rachel Haas from Dramatic Elegance for To the Men from a Jesus Feminist
Christine Harkin from Naptime Writing for Is That Manic or Depressive?
Kinnary from The Mango Cage for Sunday 29th December
Kylie from The Life of Kylie for When You Were My Age
Elora Nicole from Elora Nicole for Let’s Be Writers
Grayson Queen from Posting Tuesdays for Portrait of a Diabeti
Rara Queen from Rarasaur for I Was Small
Jess Severson from Don’t Mind the Mess for Women, Infants and Children
Kristi Campbell from Finding Ninee receives the People’s Choice Award for Exploration for Sometimes, I’m Maybe Not Myself. By My Maybe Autistic Son.
A few more honorees, you should definitely check out!
Michelle Lewson from They Call Me Mummy for The Ugliest Doll in the Shop
Vikki Claflin from Laugh Lines for Doctor, Can You Give Me a Lift?
Marcia Kester Doyle from Menopausal Mother for 10 Reasons Why I Love Menopause
Linda Roy from Elleroy Was Here for While the Iron’s Hot
Aussa Lorens from Hacker.Ninja.Hooker.Spy for 7 Ways Your Life Is Like High School
Darcy Perdu from So Then … Stories for My SECRET Accomplishment
Stephanie Sprenger from Mommy, for Real for My Beautiful Girls: Raising Feminist Daughters
19 thoughts on “2014 BlogHer VOTY – The Selected Post And More!”
Well deserved, Leah – it’s a wonderful piece. Enjoy all the accolades and please share your experiences at BlogHer when you get back!
Thank you! 🙂
Oh Leah- I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! And I couldn’t be happier that they picked YOU for VOTY! This is YOUR YEAR girl!! Powerful post. Truly. I absolutely love the message…
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Washington, DC remains one of my favorite family trips. The kids loved all the museums, it was an educational trip and we couldn’t get enough! Definitely planning on going back in the future!
So awesome! Congrats! And cannot wait to hopefully meet you this summer 🙂
Thank you and right back atcha!
Loved your piece — your writing is so vibrant — I felt like I was right there beside you, walking those hallowed halls! Congrats on your VOTY — and thanks for posting the link to my VOTY piece too! You’re the best!
Thank you! Hope to meet you at BlogHer in July!
Leah, YOU ARE AMAZING! I look forward to seeing your posts in my in box each and every time. A total Rock Star and yeah…no surprise from me either! Let’s hope this comment posts-)
Proof that it showed up! 😉 You are definitely my favorite today for being so persistent with your comments! Thank you!
Congrats on your VOTY! What an evocative post.
Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was definitely my favorite family vacation so far. We had a great time.
Congrats, Wordy! Definitely well-deserved!
Thank you! I’m beyond excited about being selected and in such great company too!
Congratulations! This is so awesome 😀
Thank you Laura! 🙂 Hope everyone is back to normal on the home front!
Congratulations, Leah! No surprise from me!!
Thank you Mark! 🙂 I’m still giddy!