I just got off the phone with my mother after explaining to her that my blog won another award. That makes six phone calls and emails to her about awards thus far. Up until now she’s had nothing but positive things to say. Not that she said anything negative about this award mind you, but instead of the usual ‘Congratulations!’, she hit me with a question; several questions actually. She didn’t seem to have any issues with me being Versatile, Kreativ, Illuminating, Napping or even Lovely. But Beautiful? Thanks Mom!
I’ll try to paraphrase the conversation we had after giving her the news.
Mom: “Beautiful? Why would someone give you a Beautiful award?”
KD: “Um…because they like my blog?”
Mom: “Oh. Okay. Have they seen those video things you do?”
KD: “Well, yeah, I guess so. Why?”
Mom: “No reason. Was this another one of those International Awards?”
KD: “If you mean, did it come from someone outside of the United States, then yes.”
KD: “It must be something or you wouldn’t have said it like that.”
Mom: “Are there not many froggers in our country?”
KD: “Froggers? You mean bloggers?”
Mom: “Yes. Don’t people in our country blogger too?”
KD: “Yes Mom, they do. Why do you ask?”
Mom: “It just seems strange that you keep getting all these awards from foreigners. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’m just wondering why people keep giving them to you.”
KD: “You think I’m the only one in the U.S. that receives these awards?”
Mom: “That’s what it sounds like.”
KD: “Mom, there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of blogs in our country, and I’m sure that many of them have received an award at some point.”
Mom: “So it’s not like the Oscars?”
KD: (laughing) “No, it’s not like the Oscars.”
Mom: “Or the Nobel Prize?”
KD: “No, it’s not like that either.”
Mom: “I see.”
KD: “It’s still pretty special though. It means people like the stuff I write and post online.”
Mom: “And this is your sixth one?”
KD: “Yes mam, it is.”
Mom: “So how many of these do you need before you’re famous?”
I’ll stop there. You can see where this is going. To make a long story short, she thinks I have 6 online friends, and five of them are in a foreign country. I love my mother. She has a way of putting everything into perspective.
I may not be famous, and I may not have thousands of online friends, but the ones I do have are very special indeed. Not because they give me awards, but because of the kind of people they are. If I were not an author in training already, these folks would make me want to pursue it, if for no other reason than to be in their company.
One of those friends, a U.K. native (it’s not a conspiracy Mom), brightened my day by passing along the Beautiful Blogger award to The Rush Room. Dawn Torrens is an inspiration to many. Her book, Amelia’s Story, is a touching, heartfelt account of her childhood, and I would encourage you to read it as well as the sequel, Amelia’s Destiny. I was fortunate enough to have her stop by last week and do a guest blog post. You can read that here. Check out her own blog when you have time; you can find it here.
Thank you Dawn. Words are inadequate to express my appreciation at your thoughtfulness. Virtual Cyber Hugs to you and your family.
The award rules are, thank the person that gave you the award (done), list seven facts about yourself (ok), and nominate seven other blogs. Easy. Here we go…
Facts about KD
1. I have shot at more people than I have at animals.
2. Fresh paint, cut grass, and popcorn – These smells give me an instant headache.
3. I have a hard time saying ‘no’ to someone.
4. I have a hard time taking ‘no’ for an answer.
5. I have no fear of public speaking, the larger the crowd the better, but I hate small talk.
6. I started my own software company in 1980, at the age of 14.
7. My father (Big D.), was the most honorable person I’ve ever known. His retirement goal was to write a book. He never had the opportunity. He’s the reason I write, and my biggest inspiration.
1. Rebecca Scarberry – Scarberry Fields Forever
2. Erin Ashby – Spoonflipper
3. Jeff Bennington – The Writing Bomb
4. Gary Henry – Honest Indie Book Reviews
5. Angie Richmond – Write Me Happy
6. Jo-Anne Teal – Going For Coffee
7. Honoré Dupuis – Of Glass & Paper
Thanks to everyone that takes time out of their busy day to stop by The Rush Room and say ‘Hi’. I appreciate it more than you know. Give these other blogs a try, and you might just find a new addiction or two, or seven.