Elsie De Wolfe (who was so fabulous that I will one day devote an entire post to her) once said:
"Be pretty if you can,
be witty if you must,
but be gracious if it kills you."
I would love to take this bit of wisdom put it in the first chapter of the "Proper Etiquette Guide For Bloggers" manual.
What? There's no manual such as this? Well...that certainly explains a lot.
Over the past few weeks one of my favorite bloggers, who also happens to be one of my favorite people in real life, has been receiving the most salacious, vengeful, rude, and hurtful comments on her posts. And these posts are not controversial in nature--just daily musings on her life as a newlywed, daughter, sister, and friend. Yet the haters seem to be coming out...in a force seemingly fueled by jealousy.
I. Don't. Get. It.
I realize we are all entitled to our own opinions, on every topic from politics, music, books, and which brand of milk is best. (For the record--Horizon Organic Skim is tastiest. Just sayin'.) I realize we're entitled to voice our opinion whenever the mood strikes. But personally attacking someone on their own blog? Someone who is not Ann Coulter or Keith Olbermann, that is...I just do not get it.
I'm not always a gracious person in real life. In fact, less than 10 seconds ago I just got rather snarky with my husband. (I will ask his forgiveness...after The O'Reilly Factor is over, that is, because his ears will be closed to me until Bill stops opining.) But I do try to be a kind commenter...even when I disagree with a particular post, especially if it happens to be written by one of "my" people.
I try to be gracious if it kills me. I think we could solve a lot of problems in the world if only we'd add a little grace and kindness to our speech. And by "we" and "our speech," I mean M-I-N-E, first and foremost.
End of soapbox/sermon/rant.
But not end of post...
I want to give my dear, sweet, beloved friend, Lizzy, (better known as Hot Tub Lizzy to some of you!) some lovin' here. Because two days ago I got this in the mail:
No more Calico Devastation! A brand new Holly Hobbie spoon rest (tea bag holder, whatever) showed up at my house and I wept. Wept, I tell you. Tears of joy, tears of thankfulness, tears of gratitude. When I asked Lizzy why she felt compelled to send such a treasure, she replied, "It was something you needed...I found it...thank God for eBay...end of story."
Lizzy is the epitome of graciousness and thoughtfulness. Again, my friend...I thank you.
Happy weekend, y'all!
Oh, and Happy Birthday to our niece, Helen Katherine, who turns the big ONE today, June 5th. We love you...and your awesome "did," and squishy-nosed expressions!!!