Today’s assignment: edit your title and tagline


“LollyWrites” I thought it was catchy and kind of cute. My family thought otherwise. My supportive husband and my (mostly) supportive children said, “Why Lolly?” My oldest said, “Who is Lolly?”  Lolly is a nickname for Laurel, but it is not one of my nicknames.

As it turns out I’m not nuts about “LollyWrites’ either. So the assignment to edit my title and tagline is extremely appropriate for me.

The problem began when I couldn’t come up with something that “reflects me.” Yes, I read my post, “Why Am I Here” and nothing came to mind. I tried listing adjectives that describe my personality and again nothing. Puns weren’t helpful and I couldn’t come up with a clever way to use my name. Finally, I decided I was making it more difficult than necessary. Not unusual. So, I have put it on the back burner to simmer.

How did you decide on your title, your tagline?


The Good Stepmother


Dear Stepmother of my son,

This Mother’s Day I thought of you and how you have been there through the years for my son. He was six years old when you came into his life and became his stepmother. I admit it was a scary experience for me and now that he is grown and shares his early memories, I know it was a scary experience for him as well. But you won him over and I was not far behind.

You handled yourself with grace and dignity, respecting and valuing me as his mother. When he was small, and as he grew, you gave of yourself and gave him the wonderful gifts of a brother and a sister.

He is grown now with small children of his own and you are still there to support him and be another grandma to his boys.

Our lives have been enriched by your kindness, your generosity, and the respect you show to others.

Thank you for being the kind of person we all should aspire to be. Open, giving, loving, and humble. Thank you for being the good stepmom.


Please leave a comment and share inspiring stories of stepmoms or alternative caregivers you have experienced in your life. It’s good to hear positive stories.  Laurel