Congratulations to two of my favorite bloggers who have both received The WordPress Family Award. Their blogs are Virginia Views and Mama’s Empty Nest.
Congratulations to Dor of Virginia Views who received the WordPress Family Award. To know Dor through her posts is to know she is a wife, mother, grandmother, good friend who pays tribute, patron of her Virginia culture and blogger, of course!
And congratulations to Cindy, who cherishes family, her own family and her church family. I completely understand how Cindy was drawn to accept this award and brings her feelings of family with her. In every post she writes or photo she posts, I admire the cleanness and warmth in her writing and the clarity of her photographs.
Thank you, Dor and Cindy, for thinking of me for this award, the WP Family Award. When nominated twice for this same award, I take it as a delightful compliment that leaves me smiling inside.
According to the description of the award, I understand that The WordPress Family Award is “reserved for folks in Cyberspace who are unceasingly kind, sympathetic, encouraging, and open to laughter – and who keep each other going by sharing, commenting, and making personal connections even though they may actually be virtual strangers.”
Display the award logo on your blog.
Link back to the person who nominated you.
Nominate others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
Let your Family members know you have awarded them.
When I made plans to visit daughter in CA, my thoughts also turned to possibly connecting with WP family members. I advised two blogging friends that I would be in the area, and both readily made plans for our link up.
Since I have traveled to the west coast recently and met up with two blogging buddies, rather than nominate ten, I want to simply write about connecting with two ladies, as our linking up face to face, certainly speaks to the spirit of “family” in this award. I know they may have “award-free” blogs, and if so, I hope they take this as a compliment and a thank you for their kindness and support over time.
My daughter, grandson and I met Deb of the Monster in Your Closet and her young son for brunch one Sunday morning. My heart stopping moment was walking up slightly behind and beside her, gently tapping her on her shoulder and saying, “Hi, Deb. It’s me, Georgette.” I recognized her immediately! We hugged for longer than a perfunctory hug and then couldn’t wait to find a table. Deb, daughter and I covered a variety of topics: children, school, writing, our immediate family members, you name it…we could have talked for hours.
Then we made plans to walk along the beach. We left the restaurant and at the appointed spot we parked, then walked a trail following a tunnel under the freeway. Deb explained her L’il D likes big kids and my daughter responded that her third grade son likes little kids. It tickled us to watch our two l’il guys walk hand in hand identifying squid, octopus, fish, dolphin, shell and starfish motifs painted on the asphalt trail. We talked more when we arrived at the beach finding a place in the sand…how our paths first crossed, and the subsequent posts and comments after meeting. All the while, the boys ran large circles around us thrilled by the waves, a roosting seagull, and all that sand. Since my daughter was with us, she inserted questions and we both found ourselves answering. Daughter agreed. Deb is very special, and very nice…an amazing woman of substance. Can you tell I’m a fan?
Then on another day daughter and I made our way to Malibu, to our appointed place to meet up with Rosie from Wondering Rose. I told daughter I needed to get a memory card for my camera as I had left it in my home desktop. I had missed out on photo ops with Deb and I didn’t want to miss any more with Rosie. Daughter found a Radio Shack. Yes! Please know daughter’s best friend who lives in San Francisco also, told her to be sure to eat at the Marmalade Cafe in Malibu and then of course, the specific point of meeting Rosie was “GROM”. CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? Daughter found Radio Shack, and right next door was GROM and right next door to GROM was the Marmalade Cafe. Talk about serendipity…synchronicity…whatever!?? I stood in the parking lot taking pictures of GROM with my phone. Then, went into Radio Shack. Rosie had seen me taking photos out in the parking lot, figured it was me and then met up with us inside Radio Shack! Such a surprise! She is so warm, funny and engaging!
As we entered the cafe, I immediately loved how she talked to people around her…chatted it up like she does online. We ate at the Marmalade Cafe, took a long walk on the beach and then ultimately returned to GROM for a mango sorbet, chocolate Biachio and GS (grandson) had chocolate chip.
Why GROM? Rosie and her husband have enjoyed Italian gelatto at the original GROM in Turin, Italy. When one opened up in her area, she has posted about it and raved about it. It was natural for her to suggest meeting up at GROM and I couldn’t wait to experience it.
What was it like to meet face to face? The initial introductions were joyful. And then with Deb and Rosie it was like meeting an old friend and picking up from where we left off. We both nestled in to the familiarity of already having connected.
Is it different meeting someone in real life as opposed to just blogging? What was fun was to speak eye to eye, exchange glances, enjoy the tone and excitement in our voices, hear the laughter and laugh together, see the smile and smile, negotiate every day stuff like ordering a meal and parking…reading each other like family and friends…not just through written words. Don’t get me wrong…all of us in this blogging journey, long to write. It’s what engages us and we appreciate, value and cherish the printed word…how these words are arranged and the message they deliver.
Do I feel it’s necessary to meet a fellow blogger? No, I don’t, but because we both had a connection, we felt it was right and I’m so glad we did. When I see a seagull, it will be a long time before I forget L’il D and my grandson delighting in the one that chose to roost near us. When I eat ice cream, I will be comparing it to Rosie’s fave at GROM’s.
It’s not practical to meet all our blogging friends, but I think it stirs up the possibilities of all kinds of connections…a new kind of destination in our travels, the acquaintances we meet. Like family reunions that occur often or not often enough, we remember them.