On this my third Valentine’s Day as a Scriblerian bloggist, I want to celebrate a very
special group of people. But first a revisit of my past posts celebrating the “love” holiday.
My 2014 post “Celebrating Life and February 14” shared fun facts concerning the mid-February holiday as well as my family’s simple, yet meaningful Valentine traditions.
The more important focus in that 2014 post centered on the observance of National
Organ Donor Day and the recent heart-lungs-kidney transplant my daughter’s friend Ashley had undergone at Stanford.
I’m more than thrilled to report that after experiencing numerous, frustrating setbacks in the months following the surgery, Ashley made an amazing recovery. As a healthy, extremely grateful young woman she recently gathered with family and friends to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of the “gift of life” that saved her. Congratulations, Ashley! May you celebrate for many years to come.
In 2015 “The Tale of Two Movies this Valentine’s Day Weekend” post compared two very different movie premiers on Valentine’s Day weekend—“Old Fashioned” and “50 Shades of Grey.”
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the “anti 50 Shades”-dubbed “Old Fashioned” as part of our Valentine’s Day celebration last year. You can read my review here. I cheered when the little-movie-that-could garnered the biggest opening ever for a faith-based film, released on less than 300 screens.
I wish I could say that “50 Shades” drew little attention and was a bust at the box office. But neither is true. I did take a bit of comfort from reports that interest in the erotica themed movie waned quickly. Oh, that our society’s moral compass would be jolted toward—rather than away from—the Creator’s design for love and romance and sex and marriage.
Now, on to the special people I want to celebrate on this Valentine’s Day.
By the camaraderie and connectedness these folks share, one could dare believe these hardy souls have never been physically together in one location at the same time. Theirs is an uncommon bond born of similar beliefs and interests that time has only sweetened. An attachment that distance, though it might try, cannot destroy.
Their genuine connection, though not fully understood—especially by those who can only view the bond from outside the circle—is a tower of comfort and strength in times of sorrow and distress. A huge festival of high-fives and heart-felt rejoicing when blessings flow.
Who could this inspiring group be?
Why of course, it is none other than the Texas Trio, the Canadian Cousins, the Hoosier Honeys, the Grand Canyon Gal, and the Man from Minnesota. The hosts of this blog who write for “non-adults of all ages”. The Scriblerians.
It’s a rare occasion that finds two or three or more of us together in the same place at the same time, but how amazing it is when schedules and commitments allow us a chance to be together for even a short time. Moments we are sure to catch on film.
Every few months we launch an initiative to get everyone together in the same physical location. We plot and pursue, scheme and scavenge to fabricate a feasible time and place to meet. You see, some of us have never met face-to-face with others of us. A sad but true fact we long to remedy in the near future.
We’re enjoyed the opportunity to see and hear each other “live” via Google Hangouts. But man, do we long for an up-close and personal, everyone in the same room at the same time kind of gathering. At this point in time, 2016 does not appear to be the year a grand reunion will take place. But we will continue to “be there” for each other, in writing pursuits as well as in life adventures.
Happy Valentine’s Day, my fellow Scriblerians! And to you our faithful readers as well!
Beth, you brought tears to my eyes! Hopefully, all nine of us will one day meet in the same place for a workshop, conference, or retreat. If that doesn’t happen? There will be a great celebration together in heaven!
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YES, I hope we meet before heaven, but if not, that will be an amazing celebration!
This is an awesome post Beth. We all have different strengths and together we are a force! Not sure what I would do without you all!!
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You are so right, Loraine. We bring so much to the “critique” table based on our strengths, backgrounds, genre interest, and on and on. 🙂
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Aw. I feel fortunate to have met everyone in person. I do love all of you! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. 🙂