You are going to love this picture.
My living room, Saturday afternoon. My "messy sweet life" as Kristin so aptly described it.
I've probably told you before that we live in an incredible neighborhood - the kind of neighborhood where everyone knows each other, wave hello and goodbye, stop in the middle of the street to chat, exchange gardening tips over white picket fences, share extra produce, watch each other's children. The type of neighborhood that gave over one hundred cans and boxes of foods to Aidan and his cousin Noah over the weekend for the Kids Can! Food Drive. I really do love this neighborhood.
What I know now is that I also dwell in a fantastic virtual neighborhood. I was a little nervous about disclosing my Big Gulp drinking, hat and sunglass wearing, hiding from the world self, only to be surprised by an out pour of compassion and empathy from my fellow bloggers. You, my neighbors in the blogosphere, saw my mess and said, "Hey! That mess looks familiar, it looks a lot like my mess."
Sure, we all want to put our best face forward. But if we only share pictures taken from the best angle, we miss the big picture. We don't get "the rest of the story" - and you know, the rest of the story is often my favorite part.
So thank you. Thank you for letting me know that I'm not alone, that you too carry around an empty Big Gulp cup and a large brimmed hat in your tote bag. Today I'm going to tidy up my mess and make room for some of the pretty things I've been working on. Happy Monday friends!