Almost 5 months ago I started this blog and a water aerobics class. Both for my health. One mental, the other physical.
On the first day of water aerobics, I was intimidated. Everyone knew what to do. Everyone knew each other. Everyone had their “spot” in the pool. And along came me with no clue and no real “spot” .
I quickly became friends with Jeanne, who proclaimed, “This is where the shallow people hang out!” Jeanne is 85 years young and refers to the shallow people as the ones who work out in the shallow end of the pool. For no other reason than we are short and don’t want to get in over our heads. She has been a delight, we have only lived 8 miles apart for the last 40 years, and we have all kinds of friend connections.
“Well,” she says. “My sister-in-law once dated a cousin of your sister-in-law…..” The story continues daily about common acquaintances and relatives.
She started calling my husband “Mighty Mouse” because in the little village she lives in, he is the one they call when a water main breaks. And there have been several breaks this past summer. ♫ “Here he comes to save the day!” she sings.♫♪♫ And he does.
Last week we sang Happy Birthday to Gladys who turned 91 and drives herself to the YMCA 3 times a week and keeps up with the best of them. She was a good friend of my neighbor, who was a great friend of my mother-in-law, both whom have passed away. You get the picture. Living in small town America means everyone has a connection of some sort and I love it.
On my first day of blogging I was also intimidated. Everyone else’s blog was up and running and some were quite impressive with buttons and badges and whatnot. I almost quit, thinking that other bloggers would probably laugh at me and wonder what I was thinking. Everyone else had found their “spot” in the blogosphere.
I discovered I had to add a “like” button and a “comment” button. There I was again with no clue and no real spot!
Soon I got some “likes” and soon a few people started to comment. And I began to recognize their names because they continued to comment on my posts. I looked them up and followed them. We had connections!!! Not with people and neighbors and relatives, but with ideas and beliefs! It was great.
I discovered the support and forums on wordpress which I should have read first. That was an enormous help with the technical issues and also on finding a voice and a “spot”.
I have learned so much in the past 5 months….from how to cross-country ski in the swimming pool to how to post a Widget.
The best thing I have gained though, are those connections….