A Gift..

I started blogging in August of this year. My friend Janis encouraged me to do this. I had never blogged, didn't look at blogs, and really didn't know anything about them. But, as I my creative outlet has been snuffed by this economy, and magazines I work for keep closing, I needed an outlet. So, I blogged.
Then I started exploring other bloggers. Then I felt vastly ashamed of my blog and realized I needed to step it up - a lot. So I joined Picnik and Flikr. I kept exploring and became a full blown bloggaholic. It's frightening how much time you can spend here in this world.
I quickly realized what the attraction was. Why people blog.
It's simple really, blogging is the way that life should be. People are polite, kind, receptive, never have an unkind word about you or your work. There is no fierce competitiveness or backstabbing. No bosses or editors looking over your shoulder. No wanna be bloggers saying they could do it better than you. It's just a lovely world. It's Mayberry. In a bit, we're heading down to the fishing hole with a basket of Aunt B's fried chicken. Goober's fixing the giggly brake light on the car, Otis is drunk - yet responsibly sleeping it off in a cell. Barney is ticketing a jay walker and Floyd is giving bad hair cuts.
Why this long post about blogging..because today, I received a gift. It's my first. It was a picture of roses from a lady named Jean who lives in California. She enjoyed my blog and wanted to send me something. I don't know her blog address or anything about her - but she has a daughter named Lily too. This is the picture she sent me. Everyday someone from somewhere in the world says something kind.
Tara from Blondie 'N' SC did such a nice post about me that all I could do is blush and giggle!
So, I wanted to share something - a gift - for those who visit my blog. I didn't know what to give. What do I have..? Then I realized I could share a very sweet moment in my life, that I otherwise wouldn't post about.
Lily has joined dance class. So please enjoy and thanks for coming.


19 comments:

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

What a lovely post, and what a precious little girl! Lily was my maternal grandmother's name, and I'm quite partial to it, too. In fact, her name was Lily Viola - isn't that sweet! Thanks for sharing a little bit of your joy with us! Becky

Pinecone Camp said...

I'm glad I did encourage you to blog! I remember sitting on your steps, on the hottest day EVER in Vancouver. Love that tiny dancer!

Jane said...

That is divine. I completely agree about blogging. Its a great outlet and it is a mirror to the world as it could be.

Robin said...

Lilly is so CUTE! I bet she is loving the tutu! My three girls love them with a passion.

Thanks for the lovly post about blogging. You are right on the money comparing it to Mayberry.

I'm to your blog and loving every post. Keep it up.

koralee said...

Your words are amazing...I agree full heartedly...friends and family that do not blog can not understand what I get from it! It is hard to explain to them that my "friends" in my blogging world are always always there for me...lifting me up whenever I need to be...encouraging...inspiring..and just loving...pure therapy for the soul. Your blog and friendship is no exception...I thank you for the loveliness you share with us all the amazing talent you have in making anything look beautiful to the eye! Thank you for your uplifting comments you leave on my blog! Thank you for your tiny dancer..she is adorable. I have a 13 year old dancer and your images of Lily remind me of her when she was just starting out to be a ballerina! Enjoy every moment! xoxoxxo

c and d said...

what a beautifully inspiring post. thank you so much for sharing and i'm grateful janis encouraged you to write one. i love reading both of yours - they put smiles on my face everytime...

Beach Vintage said...

An honest and beautiful post. And I adore the piccies of your daughter with not a care in the world dancing away.

mise said...

Lily is beautiful, and clearly embracing dance wholeheartedly. Who could help but be happy in that tutu? And I so agree about the blogging world: it's such a creative and courteous mentality that it's a joy to keep company here.

gigiandoliver said...

Blogging reminds me of that commericial "And she told 2 friends, and they told 2 friends, and they told 2 friends." It is amazing all the wonderful blogs out there to discover. I discovered your wonderful blog through that article at Blondie 'N' SC. And I'm so happy I did!

Lily is just lovely. I have an Ella who is in her 5th year of dancing, and I still smile everytime I see her all dressed up ready to shake her grove thang.

My Passport to Style said...

Hi Heather, just to thank-you for visiting the Dear Diary event over @ My Passport to Style and to say how impressed I was with your lovely words of wisdom in response to my guest bloggers Koralees blog on time!I will be popping back to visit, great blog! Sharon xx

blondiensc said...

Heather, what a nice post! I enjoy your blog and your images (obviously)...thank you for your kindess to me as well...and your little dancer is a gem..so sweet in her pink get'up! :)

Tracey said...

It's all so true how you've summed up blogging! Turns out, we all like "Mayberry" quite a bit...it's nice to be kind to people and have it returned! It's a great way to go thru your day :) I saw Tara's post on you and she did a wonderful job!

Your pictures of sweet little Lily are precious!!!

:) T

Camilla at home said...

Beautiful pictures of her! Have a happy weekend:)

Firefly Hill said...

Your blog is lovely and you are right about the Mayberry thing! Thanks for sharing the pics of Lily...a little angel.

annie

p.s. so sorry about your kitty...

Courtney said...

Lily is just the cutest little ballerina! I feel the same way about blogging. It really helps to put other areas of life into perspective.

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your wee dancer is darling...and it's true...blogging friends are a treasure!

vintage simple said...

What a sweet gift..! She is very sweet and reminds me of why I think so many of us blog - I think we are trying to reconnect with that younger, more intrepid and less jaded version of ourselves...no? And I think that's where this world that sort of took me by surprise comes in - blogging is somehow that voice that inspires us, that gives us confidence... And it's that old neighborhood feel. Maybe it even is the idealized version of that old neighborhood feel, like you said, the type we always fantasized about but never quite experienced...until we found it here. At any rate, it's very interesting. And I too (still) struggle with the amount of time it seems to consume out of my life, though. Balance can be tricky when this world is so very sweet, I guess.

-maria

AnnaVallance said...

Not too long ago I had two little ones in pink tutus. Actually it was over twenty years ago but I can still picture them both.

Dandelion Daydreams said...

Gorgeous blog... tasty even! I know what you mean about addictive blogging, I'm a month in and am on mine all constantly! Good luck with your gorgeous new shop, your colour choices were absolutely perfect! x