Monday, August 10, 2009
My Family and My Personality Revealed
The family reunion was wonderful -- while I'm treasuring the silence this morning and feeling a bit tired, I have so many great memories to savour. I'll write more about the weekend, and post more photos, later in the week. For now, here's an idea of how crowded the house was -- above is my family, with two sisters and their families missing and a family member or partner missing from one or two others. My mom was also away. Quite a crowd, eh? (The photo is taken from my BIL's facebook page -- hope you don't mind, Pete).
Below is my favourite image of the whole weekend, of my granddaughter Nola puzzling out her great-uncle Joel.
I'm afraid I'm going to go all introspective and analytical (see below) on you later this week and write about why I love this photo so much. Meanwhile, though . . .
My latest blog crush, as I mentioned the other day, is Privilege: A High Wasp Stops to Consider -- High Wasp gives us observant, honest, witty, often wry, often ironic, but also often unabashedly enamoured-of-life prose that not only illuminates mid-life but also those issues surrounding to class from a "High Wasp" perspective. I love it, and besides happily anticipating each new post, I've been working my way through the archives. There's a comment that echoes through these archives that I like very much: "Everything I say is as true as I can make it. Who knows if it matters?" That's a commitment I try to honour here as well, trying to get to the truth without attempting to decide its immediate relevance or significance, and I'm impressed with where this commitment takes High Wasp.
So imagine how delighted I was the other day when High Wasp passed along to me the Premium Meme Award. The guidelines of this meme are to "list 7 of your personality traits, as evidenced on your blog, and then pass the award on to 7 other blogs with notable personality." I debated, this weekend with so many of my family members around, asking them to play a game whereby they would list my personality traits and I could take the seven that appeared most often. But that sounds very dangerous, doesn't it?
Anyway, I realized that these are 7 of my personality traits, as evidenced on my blog, and really, you people would do as well as family in coming up with those. So I could have asked you to jump in and volunteer, but again, dangerous territory. Yikes!
So I'm just going to give you a list. Here it is:
2. I'm going to borrow from High Wasp for this one, and as evidence, you could choose any post over five paragraphs, and there are many on my blog: Loquacious.
7. Analytical and self-reflexive (occasionally to the extreme!)
So there you have it. I'll admit that I thought of including "Fun" in there, but I wasn't convinced that any of the posts I chose were clear evidence. I always feel it's better to let other people offer flattering terms to describe one than to try to claim them for oneself. Not fishing. Really.
Now I'll pass this award on to some blogs I've come to love, but there'll be room for anyone who feels inspired to jump in and complete the required seven. Should you take on the challenge, please let me know and I'll link to you here.
For now, I'm asking Tiffany, whose well-written blog about the quotidian events of family life is so far from dull that you'll ask how/why she came up with its title. And I'm hoping that Mardel will summarize her lovely personality over at Dooney's World -- she's so honest and observant, and I admire the way she probes to figure out the link between various phenomena and her emotional and intellectual responses. Karen, at Of a Certain Age, has been posting less often lately and I suspect her style-consulting business is, deservedly, taking off, and she's very busy with it (not to mention with her family). Still, I'd love to hear her weigh in -- I hope she'll include her own undeniable sweet helpfulness and stylish sassiness as personality traits. And poor Pseu over at Une Femme has had my memes passed on to her before, but I admit to being curious about how she'd summarize her blog personality. She comes across so clearly as being analytical, fun, supportive, sensitive, committed yet conciliatory -- and I was not disappointed when meeting her in person. Similarly, I think that Duchesse at Passage des Perles represents herself very honestly on her blog and meeting her confirmed why I read her blog: integrity, wisdom, enthusiasm, practicality, and discernment are among the traits I'd cite if I were her, but I'd love to see her take. Since I've mentioned two of the three bloggers I've met in person, I think I'll also include IndigoAlison -- I hope she includes self-deprecating in her list. She is so talented, so knowledgeable about art, so creative, but she seldom gives herself much credit. In person she's delightfully entertaining and fun, no surprise to anyone who has read her.
Okay, that's 6 out of 7, so I almost made it after all. If you'd like to be our seventh (or eighth or ninth) let me know, as I've said, and I'll link to you. And there's absolutely no need to link to posts, as I've done, for each personality trait, so it can be quick, as well as fun, to join in.