Way back, when I first started blogging, I came across a woman who - apart from being the most exceptional artist I encountered for a very long time - was witty, passionate, enormously erudite, sometimes controversial, deeply knowledgeable on many diverse subjects and, above all, a warm and generous soul. I used to sneak in to look at her latest paintings, her intricate and highly detailed drawings and to read her fascinating and eloquent posts but was too awe-struck to leave a comment in case I made an ass of myself. Eventually of course, I got less blog-shy and wrote in her comments section and we became blog pals.
Last week, much to my astonished delight, Ces included me amongst some of the most inspiring and amazing women imaginable with a very special award she had created in honour of her dear sisterfriend Deborah of Midlife Poet. Here Ces explains the significance of this dazzling award in her own inimitable way:
“So today I am planting another tree. The Quercus shumardii or Shumard Oak. It is a handsome large tree with straight axis and broad, rounded open crown. It withstands strong hurricane winds, extreme heat, is tall and straight and just plain beautiful. It fits it's honoree, my dearest sisterfriend Deborah, poet, friend, not just a mother but a soldier's mother too. Oh, the sleepless nights, the anxiety and worries, yet she is perpetually pleasant and cheerful, kind and gentle, diplomatic and tactful. She exudes courage, hope and faith. I have more trees to plant but rest assured those who have virtual trees and acorns planted and distributed in their honor have one common virtue, they are loyal friends regardless of race, creed, political affiliations and geography. Here, I honor womanhood and friendship and there is nothing more wondrous a blessing for anyone than for a friend who came and never left your side.”
Ces gave this award to those she considers to be good friends and asked that we pass it on as an acknowledgement of womanhood and sisterhood to those we’ve come to value most especially during our time in the Blogworld.
There are so many remarkable women whose blog company I treasure and whom I have grown to think of as true friends during our exchanges in this amazing world even though I may never have actually met them in person. Someday, somewhere, I know we will meet, but in the meantime I would love to pass this friendship award on to these very special ladies in acknowledgement of how much I value their visits to, and comments on my Armadillo world.
Linda of Vulture Peak Muse
Lakeviewer (Rosario) of sixtyfivewhatnow
Elizabeth of The World Examining Works (and About New York)
Lola of AGLIO, OLIO & PEPERONCINO
Lori of lori times five
Karen of Border Town Notes
Val of monkeys on the roof
Jinksy of Napple Notes
Angela of Letters from Usedom
Nicky of Absolute Vanilla... (and Atyllah)
Linda Sue of ALL I EVER WANTED
Cynthia of Oasis Writing Link
Reya of After the Gold Puppy
Irene of The Green Stone Woman
Polly of Sotto Voce
Beth of Beth Kephart Books
Deb of Artshtick's Corner
And not least, to two honorary ‘sisterfriends’ - who happen to be very much male - both of whose blog friendship I also truly value.
Mr Cuban of A Cuban In London
Maithri of The Soaring Impulse
To them all, and to that queen of the oak nymphs who is Ces, I raise my glass and declare “To Friendship!” Do please, if you feel inclined, pass this award on to your friends so we can make this global circle even larger!