Welcome to my orange.
“If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct.” ~Letty Cottin Pogrebin
I always assumed my family was a little fruity, so the quote above gives credence to that.
If you are a regular reader of Mama’s Empty Nest, you will notice that I write often about family – my circle of orange sections – and how much it means to me.
I really have two families. First is my actual family – my husband, adult children and their spouses, and sisters and their respective families. Then there is my church family which includes folks who have known me my entire life.
I just recently realized that I have another family though. My WordPress Family. Oh, they’re spread out all over the country and I’ve only met them through blogging, but they feel like family to me because we have a connection with each other. We share ideas, encouragement, comments, pictures, and thoughts. And isn’t that what a family does?
“Cherish your human connections – your relationships with friends and family.” ~ Barbara Bush
One of my blogging family connections is Dor from Virginia Views. That gal is witty and she makes me laugh – out loud! She and I have been swapping stories and commonalities for quite some time now and even though we’ve never met in person, I consider her an important segment in my orange writing and reading circle.
Not too long ago, Dor bestowed a blogging award honor on me and my humble little blog. Maybe it’s just the title that struck a chord with me or maybe it’s the description of the award, but this one seems most special.
It’s called the WordPress Family Award and here’s how Dor depicted it: “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.”
This world is chock full of strangers and albeit, some of them are very strange. I find it somehow comforting to find like-minded writers out there who share some kind of bond with me even though we’ve not met.
“The family is a haven in a heartless world.” ~Attributed to Christopher Lasch
To me, this world is a very heartless place sometimes, which is why I do believe one’s family is a haven. And that’s why I enjoy my blogging family as well. They provide a safe harbor for me while I float out there in the wide world of words.
I gratefully accept this award and thank Dor so much for naming me.
The WordPress Family Award Rules:
- Display the award logo on your blog.
- Link back to the person who nominated you. (My blogging buddy Dor is a vital member of my
orangeblogging family! You can visit her at Virginia Views.)
- Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. (The following 10 bloggers have been like family to me. Most of them do not participate in these awards, and some of them do not post as often as they used to, but they’ve been my writing family from early on in my blogging world. They’ve encouraged me through their friendships, comments and even emails and they’re all very special to me. But my family is growing and there are so many other blogs I enjoy reading and I’m getting to know some of those writers as well. So please don’t feel like the black sheep of the family if you are not included in this list! )
- Homestead Ramblings
- Saturday Evening Porch
- These Days of Mine
- Georgette Sullins Blog
- Writing for Daisies
- Living in Graceland
- Coming East
- Montana Outdoors
- Big Happy Nothing
- Life Upside Down
- Let your 10 WordPress Family members know you have awarded them.
And now, on this best day of the year, I have this sudden hankering for a nice juicy orange and I’m pretty certain I’ll savor each segment.