9/8/12

The name. (It's the rest of the story.....)




Vodkamom.


It’s almost as comfortable to me now as my own name, and I find that fascinating.  I stumbled upon on it quite by accident.


I’ve been asked many times these last six years why I have that name, and have brushed it off with a knowing wink, “I have teenaged daughters…”  Sponsors and advertisers have contacted me often to offer me some writing gigs, but some respectfully decline after thinking about my name. 


It’s difficult to explain something in passing that is a part of my heart. 


I started writing seriously after a traumatic family event, and it saved my life. It filled a piece of my heart that I never knew was missing, and continued to heal other parts of it. It was a miracle drug that I stumbled upon in the middle of the night- and I rejoice in it every single day.

I started the blog not long after enjoying some success writing for the local paper. (I took a leap of faith not long after the event, remembering how short life was.  The editor snatched me up...) A good friend then took me by the hand, looked me in the eye and convinced me that my writing was worthy enough to be shared with even more people.  I was incredibly flattered, as her own writing was so exquisite. 

When you start a blog and open a gmail account, you have to come up with a name, and email address.  If you’ve ever done this, you know that there are millions of people out there and MOST of the logical or simple names are taken. I typed in a ton of names, but all were taken.  

I thought for a while about what name I wanted, and it didn’t take me long to think of her. I always think of my mother at strange times, and this was one of them.  I had lost her too long ago, and thought of her often.  She was full of humor, laughter, warmth, talent, flaws and generosity.  She also loved a great martini.

She and my father would entertain often, and always, always had cocktail hour at 5 o'clock.


I thought of her when I typed in the name vodkamom. And there it was - AVAILABLE!

Vodkamom.



That is the real story.


I’m not vodkamom because I swill vodka every day (cough), sell vodka, make vodka or smuggle vodka.   It’s a passing, loving wave to my mother, who I miss like hell but who I know it sitting in heaven each morning on her computer checking her feed.



This one’s for you mom; this one’s really for you.


23 comments:

Gigi said...

I'm always curious as to how people come by their blog names....and always wondered about yours. Now I know.

And I know your mom is proud.

Rene Foran said...

You and I.
And this world we connect through
We both had to fall hard to find our voices

We're getting closer to fearless everyday :)

SherilinR said...

the truth behind the name. i like that it's for your moms. and i like that she was a martini kind of lady.

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Marissa said...

I love knowing that she is with you as you write, especially on this past year's journey.

Actuary Mom said...

I've always been curious. I love the origin of the name, especially as someone who also lost her mom too soon.

Brian Miller said...

smiles...pretty cool back story on your name...and while i am disappointed you can not smuggle me anything, i like this story better...smiles.

Mrs. E said...

I've always loved the name of your blog--and I love it even more now!

FlowerPowerPlanner said...

Mrs. E said it perfectly! Thanks for everything-especially the laughs and letting us be a part of the journey.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

a beautiful story indeed...thanks for sharing!

hugs, bee
xoxoxooxxo

Kathy at kissing the frog said...

I love that story. What a great idea to honor your mom in that way. And as a mama who haslost a son, my heart breaks for your sister. XO

formerlyonlyamovie said...

I've been with you since the very beginning and never knew the name was connected to your mom. Thanks so much for sharing that. xoxo

formerlyonlyamovie said...

I've been with you since the very beginning and never knew the name was connected to your mom. Thanks so much for sharing that. xoxo

Japolina said...

I guess I should change my name to "ScotchMom". My mom would swipe on some lipstick and my Dad would come home everyday a little after five and they would have at least one dewers and soda. She would look pretty and life seemed so organized.

noexcuses said...

What a lovely tribute to your mom. I lost mine too soon, as well. Thank you for sharing this!

Elaine said...

You are so much like her. And now even more.

Casey Turner said...

My blog name in honor of my own mother would be PineSolMom. She is still with us but I keep a bottle of it at my house just to smell it and think of her and ponder a problem I'm having.

Thank you for sharing your soul with us. I always enjoy reading whatever it is you have to say.

Casey
Second Grade Math Maniac

#1Nana said...

Oh, I thought you had a drinking problem at some time.

G. B. Miller said...

Always curious on how people come up with their monikers.

Lovely story and very nice tribute to your mom.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Been too long since I visited. Hugs & love to you.

Mexmom said...

Love this story and how it reprsents you.

AJ said...

I was gone for 2 years... and here you are, still writing, still going strong. How inspiring! Glad to catch this explanation! :) Good to read you!

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