Many moons ago (and when I say 'many' I mean three) there was a commenter on my blog who referred to herself as MsMeta. I followed the link back to her her blog, Adventures at Midlife, and found one of the first blogs I added to my daily reading list. I also noticed that she had a link to something called MidLifeBloggers.com where ByJane runs a lovely show that makes me feel like a normal person. Lots of people there are going through the same life experiences as me.
MidLife Bloggers is the website that made me feel like I could be a writer. I submitted a piece to Jane, and expected to wait a few weeks to hear anything back. Lo and behold, a few days later she e-mailed to say she would use my piece! Somebody liked me! How the hell did that happen?? I had a GREAT time on that site, interacting with readers. It just felt...official...when it wasn't just my own blog anymore. So I thank MsMeta for introducing me to that whole experience.
Now I am thanking her again, as it seems she has exhibited the questionable judgment of presenting me with an award:
She also made some sad plea about being allowed outside to play, and I've told her that's fine, as long as she doesn't get her school clothes dirty. How do public school kids differentiate between school clothes and play clothes? When I was a kid in Catholic school we wore uniforms and would have consented to being eaten alive by fire ants before we would have actually played in those hideous, uncomfortable things. But I may be off-topic.
I am going to present this award to:
- Ellen at A Girl's Garden of Menopause because she regularly makes me laugh and makes me cringe, and sometimes in the same post!,
- Mr. Lady at Whiskey in My Sippy Cup because she says so many things as eloquently as I always wished I could,
- my local buddy PunkRockDad, because he has the biggest heart, always firmly displayed on his tattooed arms (I think he doesn't own any sleeves), and
- Chris at Csquaredplus3 for being the best-friend-since-high-school-that-I've-never-actually-met-but-it-seems-like-we've-known-each-other-forever. And I can finally teach her how to display these things on her blog. Love, Claire.