Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Tenth Commandment

Thou shalt not covet...

As commandments go, the tenth one is quite possibly the trickiest. I generally do okay when it comes to my neighbour's wife and ox, but occasionally there are posts that drive me directly into mortal sin - posts that capture a moment so eloquently that I'm filled with a despairing wish that I had written them myself.

I had that experience this month when I read KittenPie's post on her daughter's illness. It has been a hot, hot July this year, and my children too have suffered from bouts of summertime fever that left them limp and cuddly, radiating heat and love and sweetness. While I made jokes about how much I was enjoying my children's sickness, KittenPie was weaving together words that somehow capture the very essence of a summer thunderstorm coming at the end of a long, humid day, and the wonderful intimacy of cuddling with a sweet, trusting child as the thunder rolls overhead.

A Perfect Post

I'm a newbie at this business of nominating a Perfect Post award, and I've managed it only after much wringing of hands and sending of "Help! Where's the button?" messages, so I beg you all to go and read her post. (It has a wonderful title which I would reproduce for you here if only I knew how to type the degree symbol! Alas, my technologically-challenged self fails again, so you'll just have to go look. It's worth the wait.)

For more perfect posts, check out this month's list at Petroville or at Suburban Turmoil.

5 comments:

something blue said...

You've made a brilliant choice! I too loved this one. Hooray for the poetic words of Kittenpie.

mamatulip said...

This was such a fantastic post. Great choice.

Mom101 said...

That was indeed a perfect post. Nice! Thanks for pointing me towards it.

kittenpie said...

Thanks for this, lady, it is so very nice to know people like what you're putting out there!

And I have not yet succeeded in putting the button in the post, which didn't like my html for some reason, although I did get it onto my sidebar. Huh.

(And I'm a little inept too - I cheated by cutting and pasting the degree sign from MSWord!)

sunshine scribe said...

Yay - well deserved!!! Hooray for Kittenpie!