Friday, December 01, 2006

An Embarrassment of Riches

I’ve been paralyzed with indecision for the last few days because there are so many wonderful posts that I want to nominate for a November Perfect Post award.

First there is this post by Beck, who writes about terrible events with a heart-stopping simplicity. Simplicity is not a virtue that comes naturally to me, so I envy and respect it when I find it in others. Directness, restraint – an ability to cut right to the heart of a matter – I admire these things.

And the thing is, I can’t even quite make up my mind if that’s my favourite of Beck’s posts this month, because then there is also this one. I love the way the two halves of the post qualify one another. Beauty is fraudulent, deceiving, ultimately irrelevant – and yet how intoxicated we are, always, by the incredible beauty of our children!

Childhood memories have been haunting me this month – not my own, exactly, but the memories of others that overlap with mine, and the shadows they cast to those future years when my Bub and little Pie will have to navigate the pre-teen world with all its shifting tribal allegiances. Kvetch’s post on the subject of mean girls and friendship is a salutary warning, and yet it is also profoundly hopeful. (Also, it is so finely crafted that it stands in a class by itself.) Bobita’s post on the same subject is brave and honest, as all her posts are, and it reminds me of the surprising power of kindness, of the reason I value my faith and want to pass it on to my children. For my daughter, especially, I have so many fears, yet both these posts renew my faith that it’s possible for a soft answer to turn away wrath, for evil at least occasionally to be overcome with good.

So the point of this post, then, is that I suck. Nobody gets an award, nobody gets a pretty button, even though I myself am an inveterate lover of pretty buttons. But these four posts are as good as it gets; they are an apologia for the value of reading blogs. That’s all.


nomotherearth said...

I loved those two posts by Beck, too. Hard to pick a favourite.

Just read the Bobita's post, and wow. I don't think I'll look at pineapple in the same way again. (That may sound trite, but I mean it. What a great reminder of how far a little kindness can spread.)

blog_antagonist said...

SIGH...that is always my problem too. Each month I resolve that THIS month I will nominate someone FOR SURE. And then I can't make up my freakin mind so I just don't nominate anybody.

There are so many great posts out there. It's tough. On my way to read those you linked.

Beck said...

Thank you. I clicked over to read your post and just about fell off my chair - you have no idea how much that means to me. (A lot, for starters.)

Jenifer said...

Just when you think you cannot possibly read one more great post or get hooked on just one more can. And then you can again.

I want to scream make it stop but I can't because I love it so much.

Lovely post about some lovely bloggers.

Bobita -- said...

Oh, thank you! That means the world to me...your kind, thoughtful words are like a warm spring breeze!

Thank you.

Now, off to read Beck and Kvetch!

Suz said...

Last month, you introduced me to Beck's blog and, this month, to two more great blogs. Thank you!

Lisa b said...

Thanks for directing me to these posts.
I am a little choked up from bobita's. I work with teenagers and worry so much about what is to come for my daughter. I'll be sure to keep my eye out for fresh pineapple.

Kvetch said...

Thank you for the mention of my post ~~ it was a long time in coming and one I needed to write. I am so glad that it touched a chord with others, makes it seem like journey wasn't so long - and lonely - after all.

Pieces said...

Thank you for bringing Kvetch's and Bobita's posts to my attention. They were both so powerful. I love Beck's posts too but she's one of my regular stops already. :)