A couple of days ago, Absolute Vanilla wrote a post about having received this “Noblesse Oblige” award.

The blurb accompanying the blog says:
The recipient of this award is recognized for the following: 1) The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs. 2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage, and offers solutions. 3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture, Sciences, and Beliefs. 4) The Blog is refreshing and creative. 5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps: 1) Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award. 2) The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post. 3) Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older posts to support. 4) The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions. 5) Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.

Ab Van doesn’t name specific people to whom she gives awards. She just puts them out there for anyone to take up and then pass on. I like that, and I think I’ll do the same here. To be honest, I didn’t think that this award really applied to me. But Ab Van’s blog ended with a picture of what I thought was a ladybird (lady bug to you Americans) and I have a rather secret thing about ladybirds (she then told me it wasn’t actually a ladybird, just a beetle that looked like one, but it was too late. I was already hooked). So here I am, thinking about my blog.

Like many writers, this blog started out as a way to promote my work. But over the past year that has changed. Yes, I still promote my work as shamelessly and vigorously as I can. But that is now rarely the impetus for writing here. This blog gives me the only outlet I have to talk to like-minded people about my ideas and opinions about literature, the creative act, and living life as an “artist.” I spent over fifty years having all these ideas and not really having anyone to share them with. Now suddenly, I’m part of a community full of funny, opinionated, worried, persistent, spiritual, openminded and openhearted people.

I don’t know how much my blog has really helped with book sales. Maybe a little, but not enough to make one of the big houses stand up and take notice. And my list of blog followers has not grown by anything close to leaps and bounds. In that way my blogging life mimics my “real” life. It is small but intense. The connections may not be many, but they are strong. And as I start having more and more opportunities to meet my blogging friends out in the real world I realize that those friendships are as real as any I have made in any other sphere of my life.

So when I look back up to the criteria for this award I think, yes, that is what I try to do here, just like that is what the other blogs I read try to do over there. Yea, I’ll take the award, and I’ll pass it along to all of you. And as further inspiration, here is the “ladybird wannabe” from Ab Van’s blog:
And here’s one I found on google:
And here’s the truth about me and ladybirds. I have a ladybird that shows up every now and then in my bathroom. I never know when she’ll be there, but it has nothing to do with windows being open or closed or cracks in the wall. She just appears, and so I am convinced that she comes when I need her. She watches over me and listens to me and whenever I see her, I say hi. I wouldn’t say out loud that I believe in reincarnation, but if I did I would say that this ladybird knew me and cared about me in a former life, and she still does now.

Go ahead. Call me crazy. But at least I’m honest about it. Noblesse oblige.