Until the winter of 2008 I did not read blogs.
I had heard of them. But it just did not seem to be something which captured my interest.
Until I clicked on a blog from an area that I am familiar with. A place in the foothills of my home state, West Virginia.
The place where I grew up playing in creeks, catching june bugs, lightening bugs and robbing the chickens of their eggs.
I love my home state of West Virginia even though I haven’t lived there for many years.
I also love where I live now, South Carolina.
This place, South Carolina, seemed, in my young mind, to be a distant land, full of mystery.
When I clicked on that blog and began to read, I was fascinated with the things that I related to.
Then I clicked on links within that blog. Those links opened up a whole new world for me and changed my way of thinking about what a blog was.
Who knew when I clicked on that first link I would find so many wonderful people just clicks away, telling me about the world they live in?
And people who would become my friends by just typing a few words on an otherwise blank screen.
Then came Facebook.
Not only can I keep up with the little things happening in their life, but I can chat with them in real time about whatever comes to mind.
And when I’m on Facebook, checking on everyone’s day, the little chatbox to the right pops up from someone saying hello…
it makes me smile!
Sometimes it’s family. Sometimes old friends that I haven’t seen in years. And sometimes it’s one of my new found blog friends.
When I make a run to the market or the local home improvement store, or maybe walking the halls of the school I am now attending….
very seldom do I make eye contact from those I pass.
And even less do I see a smile.
Not because I am not willing, but because this world has become a place where no one seems to care about the others around them.
It is a sad world that I face each time I go out.
I understand the whys of the unfriendly world we live in.
One time when I was a very young mother and wife, I smiled at an older gentleman in a grocery store. Just being friendly.
Because it is who I am.
And I went on my merry way to find what it was I had stopped for.
That older gentleman had followed me through the store and when I stopped, he approached me. Not because he was greatful that someone had smiled and said a friendly hello.
He began by asking if I was married. And if I did any “stepping out”.
Yes, I understand why people are not friendly and I was very thankful that I was not alone that day. Who knows what would have happened if I had walked to my car alone.
But it still doesn’t make it right that people are not friendly because they are afraid of what effect it might cause.
Which is why I love blogging.
At any given time I can virtually see a smile from a friend.
It may not be what we perceive as a smile, but a blog post, an email or a hello in a chat box.
But it is a smile none the less.
And I love my friends who I smile at everyday.
And I feel the smile they send back.
For those of us who live in a rural area, the ones that don’t “get out” much.
We have our own little hen party, except the only sounds we hear are not the clucking of words,
but the clicking of words as they are typed and sent out for the others to “hear”.
So, having said all that….
this “Makes Me Smile” post is dedicated to you.
My teammates, the hens AND roosters who are my virtual friends, near and far, that make me smile each day.
I hope your dreams come true and your life is filled with happiness!
Here’s a little sunshine to brighten your day.
Just ignore all that white stuff!