Sunday, October 12, 2008

And the winner is . . . me!

Indeed, I have won an award. Blog pal Impoverished Preppy has bestowed on me the Smile Award, which is really nice of her because while I have been feeling the love from some, I have been feeling the . . . well, NOT LOVE from others. But it's the love that counts, right?

You're probably wondering why anyone would give me a reward. Let's review the requirements for this one:

1. Must display a cheerful attitude. Totally. I am a major candy ass.
2. Must love one another. That's me. I love people who probably don't even like me. Although I'm not sure I love Tickled Pink and Green. But, damnit, I'm trying to.
3. Must make mistakes. Certainly. I've got a hot temper and a big mouth. Bad combination.
4. Must learn from others. Gladly.
5. Must be a positive contributor to the blog world. Well, I'm glad at least a few agree. I do try.
6. Must love life. Yep. Thinking you might lose it does wonders for this perspective.
7. Must love kids. You know, I didn't used to. But then I had one. This afternoon, there were three kids (only one of them my own) running through my house and screaming at the top of their lungs, and I didn't mind. So I must love them.

So here's proof I am capable of playing by rules:

1. Link back to the awards creator. [Check.]
2. Post the rules if you receive the award. [Check.]
3. Choose five people to receive the award. [Keep reading.]
4. You must fit the characteristics of the award. [More or less. See below.]
5. You must post the characteristics of a recipient. [OK!]
6. You must create a post sharing your win with others. [That's what I'm doing.]
7. You must thank you giver. [That's right! I will!]

Thank you! You make me smile too. I'm in perpetual awe of teachers. I can't imagine having a job where I have to be on to the extent teachers do. You don't have the option of slamming your door, letting voicemail pick up the phone, and waiting until you're good and ready to read email. Thank goodness there are people in the world like you. I may deal with adults who act like children, but you work with the real thing. That is so much more important.

For the pass-along part of this award, I bestow the Smile Award on the following new bloggers. These bloggers may not be new to everyone, but they're new to me, and I've been happy to add them to my community.

1. Midnight Madras. When things got ugly here on Figs, you spoke your mind loud and clear, but when the dust settled, you reached across the aisle and demonstrated that whereas we can disagree on politics, we find common ground and be friends. You are an example for all of us, particularly in these times.

2. Becs Bohemia. I'm relieved to find that someone of my politics appreciates the pink and green. They don't own it; it belongs to all of us. Welcome to the blogosphere! You're off to a great start.

3. Bowl of Cherries. Because even though you know that life is not, you go one anyway, with what I can only imagine is a smile on your face. Plus I like your dog.

4. Feeding Groom. Because of the jam. And so much else.

5. Purple Flowers. Back when I was a commenter only, one of my favorite bloggers threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to start my own blog. Almost a year later and many friends richer, I'm glad I did. Your turn to take the plunge, Flowers.

I hope you're starting your week with a smile on your face.


purpleflowers said...

Hi Cindy:
Thank you for thinking of me. Until now I have been in my comfort box, commenting in blogs that I think are positive, upbeat, funny, and informative in one way or another. It seems that you have generated some sort of karma that is gently pushing me to start up a blog of my own. It just may be what I need to step out of the box.
I thank you.

Mary Coleman said...

Cindy..thank you so much for the smile award. As I am blessed with a big mouth and am highly opinionated, I feel we are kindred spirits.
Cheers to Husband and Daughter,

KSK said...

Thank you for the kind compliment! We keep on keepin' on, right?

By the way, I didn't like kids either until I had some. And now I teach?!?!?! Who says really old dogs can't learn new tricks!?

PS I am just appalled that there are people out there not giving you The Love. Are they in red states? ;)

Midnight Madras said...

Thank you for my first REAL award!! As opinionated as I know I am, I also enjoy the challenge of finding common ground and sowing the seeds of friendship in as many gardens as possible. If we were all exactly alike, it would be pretty stinkin' boring. :)

Purple Flowers said...

Well, I started up my own blog space this evening. Still working out the details.
name is purpleflowers
Since I don't comment on too many blogs, I need to check out alot of them before giving a smile award. I'm the thorough type.
Thank you for getting me off my duff.

Deb said...

Congratulations to you Cindy, and to all the new winners!