My momma always said,
“Life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you’re gonna get.”
I just got an e-mail from Sonja saying she had received an award and was passing along to me—to also pass along if I chose. Pam (the person who started this award) says:
In my best southern accent, I would like to say that I have been thinking about a new award and what I would like it to say. People are like Forrest Gump said “Life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re gonna get.” You can see this box of chocolates is filled with different and unique candies and just like the chocolates we are all different and unique people. We are the same in that we all have common ingredients that make us more a like than not. Except for the frosting, which represents our personalities, we are indeed very similar on the inside. And of course there are rules:
1. Pass this award to others if you are so inclined.
2. Link back to me if you have passed them forward.
3. Write a nice post about this award.
4. You must read this award with a southern accent. I (Pat) call it southern day where we all have to speak with a southern accent. I know that will be hard for some of you, but for the rest of us, we will be fine. So now, ya’ll just enjoy this little ol’ award and have fun with it.
5. And of course let your folks know that they have a nice award waiting for them.
I don’t speak with a southern accent since I’m a Hoosier, but I do read with one—especially since I recently finished a southern novel. Thank you for the award, Sonja. I love chocolates and the comments you often leave on my blog.
The nice thing about the decoration on the outside of some chocolates is that it gives a clue as to what is inside. One kind of swirl means there is a cream filling and another means there is a nut filling. That is kind of like people too—especially as they grow older. Their prevailing attitudes inscribe themselves on their faces. I remember a time when my life took a hard turn. I clearly remember thinking about a friend whose negative attitude had engraved itself on her face so that her beauty was imprisoned behind hard lines of bitterness. My very next thought was, “I’ve got to find a way to deal with this so that I learn and grow instead of nurturing bitterness.” Maybe the best beauty aid in the world is the process of sorting out our attitudes—cleaning the closets of our mind, so to speak.
I’d like to pass this award on to bloggers who encourage me with their comments (non-bloggers like my cousin Marilyn encourage me with their comments as well):
Marianne (who wins the prize for the most comments and who feels like a long-lost friend)
California Girl (who is a loyal blog reader and sharp wit)
Devon (who is in the midst of moving but still blogs interesting book reviews)
Marilyn (who inspires me in knitting and reading)
Ida (who “knits up the raveled sleeve of care”)
Mary Ann (who lets us share in how her garden and grandchildren grow)
Helen of Troy (who is currently knitting black pearls. She is so inventive.)
You folks are welcome to pass along this award with the notes from Pat if you wish. Or you may just choose a chocolate, sit back and savor the appreciation.
Ummm! Chocolate, I’ll take the one with nuts in it. Thank you very much for this sweet treat! I always think it’s so difficult to choose who to pass things like this on to. So I’m going to randomly pick five followers with names that start with A.
I’ll have a post up tomorrow afternoon.
Mary Ann said:
What a sweet treat! Thank you for making me smile this Monday morning! Speaking of smiles, I once read that the best beauty treatment was to go to sleep with a smile on your face.
Helen (of troy) said:
Thank you! I was lucky enough to grow up in world where there were many knitters–and l learned so much, from each and every one. I love that internet has once again created a community of knitter.. and that i am part of it.
I am still learning from this community… (you are one of my teachers) and follow the path of learn it, use it, and pass it on..
California Girl said:
Well that is a sweet surprise! Thank you. I have been very bad about passing these along. I guess I fall down when it comes to picking folks now as I like so many writers for so many different reasons.
I’ll take that “sharp wit” compliment. I’ve been called “sharp tongued” and a “nit wit”. I like this combo better. 🙂
WoW. Talk about a pleasant surprise, I’m honoured and tickled. Thank you so much!
Reading your post, all of it ringing true, the beauty aide had me thinking of a Joni Mitchell song which ends with “You know, Happiness is the best face lift.” Yes, it’s a love song but it also applies in our day to day lives. Experiencing the joys that are there, also the ones that come our way.
Although I’ve not been posting to my blog and therefore will not be passing it along right now I would certainly award you again :^), consider it done. I always enjoy reading your thoughts, what you’ve been up to, and your knitting projects, all very inspiring. I also love seeing the photos (old and new) you share of your family. xox Yes, your long lost friend, the feeling is mutual.