My name is Abby, not Abigail. When people make “Dear Abby” jokes, I internally roll my eyes and wish they would think of something more creative. One family friend used to call me Abracadabra and another called me Abby Normal. I think those teasing nicknames are fun! If you think of another creative one, let me know.
We live life between milestones. We acknowledge and celebrate milestones, but most of our growing and living and stories happen on ordinary days. No matter where we are in our life stories, I think the challenge is to live well where we are.
I love telling and hearing/reading stories, particularly ones from average, ordinary, daily life. If you have a story to share, I would love to have you join me on Wednesdays for Lows & Highs.
What I love about stairs is that they are a pathway connecting two places. Being on stairs can indicate that you are on your way from one place to another; activity and progress are happening.
Sure, you can camp out on the stairs, stopping where you are, but they are not designed for long-term stays. When you are on them, you are not on one floor or the other but suspended halfway between. You are in a place that is less defined but no less real.
Stairs are my metaphor for those “between milestones” times.
I am a logophile (lover of words). As a kid, some of my favorites were orchard and languishing – thank you, Charlotte’s Web – and sternocleidomastoid – thank you, Science Mom!
I was born with a love of organization and cleanliness but my mom patiently taught me there are times where disorder, messiness, and dirt are acceptable and even fun! (It took years.)
Now Joining Me on the Stairs
My husband, Brian, and I celebrated a milestone when we got married on June 1, 2013. We met in an unlikely place (as two of a small handful of unmarried adults at a college ministry conference) and flirted long-distance, using a combination of video chat and ping-pong balls. He likes playing games, making plans, and playing pranks. Brian teaches math at the community college where we now do college ministry together with another friend.