Writing outside the expectation of acknowledgment I have broken the etiquette associated with blogging awards. In my daily life I similarly tuck paper acknowledgments into drawers. In a gesture of thanks to those who kindly acknowledged my writings, I wish to take a moment to note their generous nominations for awards I do not entirely understand, but wholeheartedly appreciate.
Janice at Snide Reply originally nominated me for a Versatile Blogger and/or a Liebster Award in December of 2011. I adore this writer’s wit and honesty. The acknowledgment alone was a gift and I failed to understand at the time I was intended to transform my nomination into a new string of acknowledgments for others. Still, I hold this early nod close to my heart.
Another blogger who has since left this space, but whose words accompanied me for some time in thoughtful responses nominated me for a Sunshine Award on April 4, 2012. I wish this writer were present today to know I genuinely did not understand the process of acknowledgment and thanks that transforms into a new gesture of appreciation for other writers.
Most recently I returned home from a family vacation to find a new award. Lauren at Laur Nicole Hunt nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. More attune to the process presently than I was in the beginning, I feel a new obligation to acknowledge each gesture of kindness with a note of gratitude.
Thank you, friends, for your encouragement and thoughtfulness as I stumble into greater self-awareness among my words. It is enough to write, but it is a joy to find friendship and compassion among strangers whose thoughts resonate among my own.
Now then, in keeping with the tradition of the previously outlined awards, a few facts about myself before acknowledging other writers:
1. I have studied French, Spanish, and German, but am fluent in none.
2. I played piano as a child and I regret wholeheartedly my departure from this area of my life.
3. I am a hopeless romantic.
4. I still write handwritten letters to friends and family.
5. I am perpetually afraid I will be late and, as a result, I am chronically early everywhere I go.
6. Most days I forget I am an adult and marvel at the tiny lines around my eyes and smile.
7. I am not certain if I am to nominate other writers for one or all three of the awards.
In sharing writers I admire and whose gift brings me joy, I must apologize as I do not follow others as much as I write. These are the blogs that great me when I uncover free moments to wander others’ musings. Among them you will find humor, beauty, genuineness, and shades of brilliance.
1. Snide Reply