Inspirational Blogger Award–really?

or as one blogger put it, How to best build a blogging community…and I suppose that’s in part what I’m doing……

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This is the second time a wonderful fellow blogger has desired to bestow this honor on to my little blog. My intent has never been fanfare so I thanked the first blogger and opted not to showcase the “gift” as I prefer flying under the radar so to speak.

I have been reading and following Jolandi on her journey (dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com)– being drawn to her site as she first proclaimed her love of travel, explaining her passion as to having rather “itchy” feet–and I thought that was the greatest description I had read for having a love of travel, or as some may say, the “travel bug.” I too have itchy feet!! Unfortunately I have a bit of a limited wallet 🙂

I’m posting the award this time rather reluctantly as I am not one for accolades. My former principal will tell you, much often to his frustration and chagrin, that “Mrs. Cook tends to eschew the deserved honors and awards.” When I was retiring, this time last year, our School Board hosted a reception for me, as well as for a few other retirees—I wrote a heartfelt note to our Superintendent as to why I would not be attending and thanked him for his constant support and friendship. That sort of thing is just not me. My principal did not know that I had declined the invitation. I knew that if I told him, he’d have “made” me go—and sure enough when he got to the reception and had to get up to give a little talk about his art teacher, his art teacher was no where to be found, I got an immediate call on my cell phone.

Some may think that my declining to attend such a reception appeared as my being ungrateful or perhaps even rude–those who know me, knew it made perfect sense—the reception was wonderful for those other teachers, I didn’t need to be there. I wanted to leave quietly, no hoopla. Just a good-bye with my high school colleagues at our end of the year luncheon was all I wanted–he eventually understood. It was all quite humorous. I love our principal. He is much younger than I am, former military. My whole “no” last Spring threw him for a loop—it was good for him. 🙂

I taught and that was all there was to it. If there was an honor, accolade or award along the way that was nice. Receiving the Teacher of the Year award for our High School, only to be followed later by the Teacher of the Year Award for our entire school system was humbling but it was of my opinion not deserved as I knew the caliber of people I worked with–there was always someone else I deemed much more deserving.

So it is with something like this. I just write because God gave me a gift of wanting to share my soul with others. I taught because caring adults taught me and I wanted to, in turn, do the same…I loved art and the whole creative process, but it was simply the vehicle that put me in the classroom… my real passion was working with the kids—living life through their eyes–helping to steer them, keeping them on track as best I could. That was my life for 31 years and for the most part, it was, as the kids would say, all gravy.

For this award I am to nominate other bloggers and list some random facts about myself. Well since most of you do not actually know me, most any fact must seem “random”

1. I am really quite shy–I do not like large social gatherings preferring more intimate affairs with just close friends and family (hence that whole reception ordeal)

2. Being from the South this is a sacrilege but I do not drink, nor do I like, ice tea.

3.I wish I was blessed with the ability to sing–I mean really sing…even though my students will tell you I tried all the time in the classroom, much to their misery 🙂

4. I am adopted (but if you’ve read any of the posts regarding Sylvia Kay, you already knew that)

5. I am not a frufru girly girl–I am more of an outdoors sort of girl–a bit of a tomboy

6. I have been told I’ve been blessed with good genes as I do not look my age–which is a good thing.

7. When I travel, I try to do so with the mindset of a pilgrim verses that of a tourist. Absorbing and immersing myself in my surroundings verses snapping up a picture and off I go….trying to be a good ambassador for my own country and interacting with others in the spirit of kindness, gratitude and unity as we are all more alike than we are different.

other sites who deserve this award more so than I do:

1. obviously Jolandi who has already been awarded this honor– dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com

2. my dear friend nonfatlatte at Following the Shepherd — nonfatlatte.wordpress.com

3. Sister Pat Farrall at O Preach –opreach.org

4.the beautiful heart and soul of Jenna Dee –jennadee222.wordpress.com

5. the beautiful images and tales found on Life in the Foothills –salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com

6. my kind friend Joanne at katherinesdaughter.com

7.the warm and caring Christine at christineledford.wordpress.com

8. the inspiring former educator Catnip at catnipoflife.wordpress.com

9. the wonderful family in Queensland who are carrying on the legacy of their dear friend– addyourpieceofhistory.wordpress.com

10. and even though I’m suppose to list 15, I’m stopping with my top 10, rounding out the list with one of the most deeply engaged theological minds I’ve met, Val the eccentric at–stvaltheeccentric.wordpress.com

If you are interested in learning more about this award, as well as for a description and explanation, may I simply refer you to Jolandi’s site as she is much more professional and informative…http://dreaminginarabic.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/a-great-way-to-build-community/

14 comments on “Inspirational Blogger Award–really?

  1. Hi Julie. I do understand your reluctance to be in the ‘lime light’, and I think you have written a very gracious blog post about it. Blogging is such a lovely, non-intrusive way of building community. We share our lives with others, and touch theirs in ways we cannot even start to imagine. And sometimes it is lovely to know that we are noticed and our words are appreciated. We all blog for different reasons, and although I started off simply documenting my journey for my family and friends to follow, I have discovered the joy of connecting with other bloggers, which, to me, is an unexpected delight. Your journey is noticed, and your sharing of it appreciated.

    • Again Jolandi–thank you for your kind gesture. Such acts leave me feeling almost awkward. But please know that I am indeed thankful and grateful. When I write, I write things form my small world and from my heart—just hoping to be a kind thought or word for someone needing such at that particular moment—God gave me a ministry in the classroom for 31 years as teaching is a vocation, a life’s calling—I’m just carrying on that calling here–that’s all.
      Again–thank you

  2. babso2you says:

    Many thanks Julie for the nomination! I will be creating a post shortly. I do appreciate the honor!

  3. nonfatlatte says:

    We really are a lot alike! I would have hated the reception, too! I’m very outgoing, but paradoxically can be very shy. That whole iced tea thing, though…..are you sure you’re a Southerner?!? I’ll let it pass if you like fried okra or chicken. 😉

    • see the reply on the other post as for a big yes to the whole fried business…oh and I forgot, love, love. love peaches (not just my cat)—I eat them everyday once they are in season at the fruit markets– peach ice cream, sautéed peaches, a peachy concoction with bourbon–a Julie Julep as it is known down here….oh I can’t wait….

      • nonfatlatte says:

        Yum, peach ice cream. I remember my family going to the Atlanta Farmer’s Market to get a bushel of peaches each summer. We’d freeze them to have year-round.

  4. and by the way—you always wanted to be a missionary, I wanted to be a nun–a cloistered life of prayer and service—a poor clare……oh well…..

  5. 09history says:

    Thank you Julie! I got teary when I saw your post above. I am very honoured that you thought of us. Thank you, Emma.

  6. Val says:

    The deeply-engaged theological mind of St. VAal the Eccentric thanks her friend, and will do something about the nomination when I can catch my breath between cleaning (literally) every surface of every thing in my room, and running back snd forth to and from my sister’s to take care of four baby guinea pigs and their parents — all in triple-digit heat!!!! PLEASE send some of that iced tea you don’t like. I could use a runner between here and Starbucks around the corner to keep it coming…in gallons.

    #melting

    Happy Mother’s Day my friend — write on!

  7. Val says:

    The deeply-engaged theological mind of St. Val the Eccentric thanks her friend, and will do something about the nomination when I can catch my breath between cleaning (literally) every surface of every thing in my room, and running back snd forth to and from my sister’s to take care of four baby guinea pigs and their parents — all in triple-digit heat!!!! PLEASE send some of that iced tea you don’t like. I could use a runner between here and Starbucks around the corner to keep it coming…in gallons.

    #melting

    Happy Mother’s Day my friend — write on!

  8. […] humble thanks go out to Susan at Gasm Travels; Julie at Cookie Crumbs to Live By; and to Shlehora at […]

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