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A is for Ali and Annie, My Daughters

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A to Z Blog Challenge

-from 10 Minute Novelists, Katherine Grubb

Last year I joined the 52 Ancestor Blog Posts in 52 Weeks genealogical blogging challenge and enjoyed it tremendously. Today I received a challenge to join a month-long blogging challenge to write and publish everyday! Besides that, we have to follow the alphabet! I have hemmed and hawed all day, so why at 11:15pm my time, have I decided to join the challenge and therefore am sprinting to write my first post for this group!  Oh my gracious, we shall see what we shall see! 

Ali and Annie at Josh Grobin concert, August, 204

A is for Ali and Annie, my two adult daughters whom I love with all my heart and soul.  Ali is married with three young children, my adorable grandchildren, and Annie is single and a talented retail manager, who is looking to change paths. Both of my daughters were gifted students, are gifted adults, which brings its own challenges. They both are especially talented musicians as well, both play instruments (saxophone, violin, piano, drums, belles, xylophone, marimba)  and sing beautifully, if I do say so myself. Most importantly perhaps, they are both good people, kind and caring–they make my heart sing.
I did not set out to name both daughters an “A” name, like so many parents choose to do. My husband’s name is Max Alexander Holshouser, and when I was pregnant, way before parents discovered the sex of their child before birth, we decided to name our first child Alexandra if a girl, or Alexander if a boy, and so we did.  Alexandra Kathryn, Ali became her nickname.  She was named for her Dad, a grandmother, and cousin!
Annie on the other hand, is named, Margaret Anne–Margaret for my  mother, and Anne for my sister. For two years we called her Margaret Anne. Then we realized she’d never be able to learn to write it by age 5!  So we called her Maggie. Maggie she stayed until age 14. At her age 14 we moved to a different town for my job. She was entering high school, and decided she wanted to be called Annie! I was very surprised, but she was serious! She was insistent that we remember!  I remember introducing her to our new minister, saying  Rev. __, this is my daughter Annie (very carefully), then turning to her and saying, “Maggie, this is Rev. ___.”  He looked at me like….what…is she Maggie or Annie, what’s going on here? LOL It took me about 2 years to learn to call her Annie, to think of her as Annie. Now we have moved back to our original town where she was born. We can tell our old friends from our new, by the way they address her. Our friends from long ago call her Maggie, and our friends from her high school years on, call her Annie–its kind of fun!
I feel so very blessed by these daughters in my life, so loving, so thoughtful. There is so much more I could tell, but this day will be over in 10 minutes, and I must post this. Feel free to fill me in on important “A” facts in your life! I’d love to hear, Helen

Author: Helen Holshouser

Old enough to enjoy life, I am a Red Hatter, grandmother, gardener, and amateur genealogist. I am a retired clinical psychologist, master's level, who is disabled with heart disease, but having fun with family and friends. Married over 40 years, I have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. I have learned that grandchildren provide a joy one never knew existed---writing feeds my soul, gardening is therapy, and genealogy research makes me feel like a detective!

6 thoughts on “A is for Ali and Annie, My Daughters

  1. Dear Helen, you are amazing. Another challenge. I know it probably can be done, A is for….
    I can’t think of anything with an A other than it was the letter that went with me from 3rd grade to my one year of college. I went to 1st and 2nd grade in France where they didn’t have this grading system.

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  2. What a crazy fun challenge. My only A off the top of my head would be my granddaughter Ana. B would be more easy as my maiden name is Bryan. I’m looking forward to your B.

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  3. Cathy Meder- Dempsey what a Great idea! I’ve been debating whether or not to make these genealogical in nature, and I think probably i won’t– it might be fun to write about other, fluff stuff! We’ll see, whether i write about ” Bucky ” for “B”, or “beautiful” today! LOL thank you for your consistant support! LY, Helen

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  4. Jeanne Bryan Insalaco, i woke up this morning with the sudden fear that there was no challenge– that it had been an “April Fools Joke” and there is no challenge ! LOL wouldn’t that be terrible!

    One of the other bloggers wrote a very dramatic “a” entry– the beginning of a novel. I’ll send you the link, i think you’ll like it. Thanks for your support my friend, ly, Helen

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  5. The best part is I will get to read your blog everyday. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  6. LOL, you are so sweet Charles, I might just write fluff, and have fun with it! You may get bored! LOL I hope not my friend, Helen

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