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My Video Present For Bill: Christmas In The Digital Age

You have to forgive my drawing abilities – or lack thereof. Fair warning…

Many, many moons ago I used to write poetry. When I was in high school my friends would come up to me and give me a rundown of their problems and then I would write them a poem while in class to sum it all up. I was like a drug dealer – meeting in bathrooms and shady corners. The trade offs were hilarious thinking back now.

Then when I went to college I began to perform in ‘Poetry Slams’. I would go on stage and say my poem in front of a large auditorium of poets and fans. I also used to have my work published in the Albany newspaper. I really really enjoyed writing.

Then I met Bill and I couldn’t write anymore. It’s not because he did something to stop me, it’s because I had nothing to be sad about. My poetry used to really revolve around hurt and I think so many people responded to it because they’ve felt the same way in their lifetime.

Bill made me happy and just like that I was at a loss for words. I wrote him one poem two months into our relationship telling him all of that and that ended a VERY BIG PART OF MY LIFE. Writing was my life. Poetry was my release. I was sad for a while because I had to let it all go, but it was obviously worth the trade.

Then last night Natalie was drawing her Christmas cards for school and she took a black marker and began to create this little picture. She closed up the card and I asked her about the lack of color. She said this card didn’t need any.

Then I thought of the first sentence on the video.

It’s been 12 years since my last poem and while this is a more updated version of what I’m used to – it’s still very raw and filled with emotion. I’m sharing it with you because that’s what I do – I share my life (even though this time I’m a bit scared about doing it!!) 🙂

I gave him the video last night because I couldn’t wait for Christmas. He said it was the best present he ever received and I cried. I cried because I meant every single word.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.

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  1. Perfect, Vera, Perfect.

  2. Vera, that is so heartwarming! I love it.

  3. Aww. I love it. 🙂

    What program did you use?

  4. Ok that was the most touching thing I have seen in awhile. We need to tell those we love just how much they mean to us – then no one ever feels like they are taken for granted.

  5. Oh, my gosh. I love this! It’s perfect – the drawings and simple tune give it such character.

    Good job, Vera!

  6. This is so weird! I just wrote a poem the other day in order to get out some “stuff”. It is a poetry slam type and definitely rated R (due to two curse words and overall theme of abuse). I was picturing myself reading it aloud. I am not sure I could do it!

  7. That’s so beautiful.

    And the drawing at minute 1:01 actually resembles Bill. Natalie is a pretty good artist 🙂

  8. This is the sweetest thing!

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