My story started in the summer of 1965 when I entered the world. Thousands of people have been part of my story, hundreds have influenced me, and dozens have played key roles. All of them have left, or are leaving, a legacy, and it is the legacy of each one that I intend to highlight.
This year for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I have chosen to tell my story by paying tribute to 26 people who have influenced my life. Such a challenge presents great joy and great difficulty. Whom should I include? How do I choose between candidates who share a common initial or the same name? Should I write about people I've never met, such as authors or missionaries, but whose work has had lasting impact on me? What about the people who have so much influence me that I can't write a post succinct enough for readers to stick with it?
After much thought, I settled on three guidelines for myself in this challenge:
1. The A to Z list won't feature members of my immediate family as title roles. Since my blog has told much of my story already, including about my parents, husband, and children, I will instead be devoting April to other influences in my life.
2. Choose a positive legacy to write about. Negative people didn't make the cut.
3. Post a picture with each entry, if I have one.
I hope you enjoy my story. I do.