What a blog is for… oversharing

I just got news that my step-mother is in the hospial and doing poorly.
We’d didn’t have what anyone would call a good relationship, in fact at times it was shockingly bad.
but that’s not to say there wasn’t love on both sides, good fun and plenty of laughter.
She taught me a lot. Inspired and created coping skills I would never have otherwise. And for all the crap, forced me to know more about myself by age 13 than many people ever do.

I’m conflicted because it’s sometimes hard to feel sad for someone who has caused so much pain. Who was so obviously in so much pain.
I’m sad.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

7 thoughts on “What a blog is for… oversharing

  • July 25, 2008 at 2:12 am

    I’m sorry you’re sad! I totally get you on the conflicted thing. And I think it’s great that you remember and celebrate the awesome things about your relationship as well as the things that make you furious.
    For the record, this isn’t over-sharing. Over-sharing would have been telling us that you’re blogging this from the toilet. I’m not saying you can’t DO it – just don’t tell us about it.

  • July 25, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Well, that certainly would be over-sharing! Does that mean my past posts of photo-posts from, of and from the loo were frowned upon?
    It’s always good to know the limits your readers.

  • July 26, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Hilariously, no. Pictures of bathrooms or from bathrooms are awesome – I took several myself on our trip. But actually blogging while on the john – that’s my limit. Now you know.

  • August 1, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Lex, Sounds like you’re in a pretty conflicted place. I’ve had my share of interesting family situations too. Regardless, the idea of anyone suffering is painful.
    Take care.

  • August 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Ah, Lex. Prickly relatives may seem like the fly in the soup, but sometimes they unwittingly teach us the greatest lessons. I hope that happier memories will someday outshine the sadness and challenges of your situation.
    Hang in there.

  • August 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Hey Lex, I know where you’re at. My dad died 2 yrs ago, he was a not always the best father. Once during his illness, I walked out of the hospital room on him because of his abusiveness…other times I took care of him and put it all aside. In the end it provided a lot of healing but it was hard.


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