I'm a very social person, normally. Since moving here to Tennessee, I haven't met a lot of new people or made any new friends. My husband's family is here, and while some of them are nice, some of them are not. I had the unfortunate experience of being on the receiving end of some bad rumors started by his brother and his wife-which has left me turned around and upside down-and it has affected how I live my life. No longer do I search out friends.
THANK GOD, they searched me out. Those friends are my 19 (YAY! NINETEEN) followers, my writer's retreat buddies and my one very close writing partner. (Who is unfortunately not writing right now.) Of course, I still have my friends in California, who I miss terribly. Nikki-I love you, Candace-I love you too! Sometimes email and phone calls are not enough. Nikki could hug me like no other person I've known. She's the same height as I am, maybe a 1/4 of an inch shorter (which is short, People-I am SHORT) but she could squeeze whatever ailed you right out in the open. I miss feeling those hugs. Candace, she could hug me too, but she is famous for her LOUD-ness, LAUGHTER, and her smile. She'll do anything to make it all better for me. I miss hearing her laugh. I miss her little catch phrases that no one knew but me and her.
So, I wanted to send a proverbial shout out to them, but also to the many friends I've made within the online community. YOU ARE AWESOME! My comments are always positive, encouraging, relevant and hopeful. I hear things that I don't expect to hear. One in a trillion?? ME?? WOW! I had a wonderful email yesterday that lifted my spirits higher than they have been in months. You know who you are and I thank you to the ends of the Earth!
Is there anyone you may be taking for granted? It's human...we get busy with our lives, the children, the writing, the husbands, the carpools...and we forget to remind our friends (and ourselves) how much they mean to us. So, today, take a minute to give your friend-or friends, or online friends-their props for being there with you through thick and thin. (Me and Candace, Candace pictured...sadly-I have no pictures of Nikki)
Which brings me to the Silver Shoe of Sincerity Blog Award. I am passing along this award to Robyn Campbell. She takes the time (like so many of you) to always comment on my blog with kindness and of course, sincerity. It's hard to pick just one...I'll have to do this next week too!