According to that source of all knowledge, Wikipedia, the appropriate gift for the third anniversary is leather. We substituted delicious food, wine, and conversation.
Present were Deb, Chris, Eve, Ann, Janet, Susan, and Crystal (who traveled all the way from Daniel Island, SC). MIA were locals Jes and Brenda (both out of town). Unfortunately, the blog’s private jet was unavailable to ferry the rest of its far-flung staff, our “outlanders”: Chrinda (at home in Dallas, probably listening to a new CD by her son’s band), Kate (possibly enjoying another victory by the NE Patriots), Stephanie (getting ready for Mardi Gras in NO), and Sue (whose hometown–Las Vegas–must be a constant source of fun).
Soon, I will be an outlander, too, when I leave Atlanta, where I have always lived, to move to Chattanooga. But, thanks to the wonders of the internet superhighway, we are all just a mouse click away.
Lately, I’ve been thinking about our identity. I didn’t exactly know who we were in 2012, when I first wrote the About page. Here’s what I’ve discovered:
We’re the girls who sat on the front row of our high school English classes raising our hands and not worrying about letting the boys know we were smart. You might have found us in the library during lunch, noses in a 400 page book not assigned for a class. Some of us edited the school paper, while others were on the literary magazine or the yearbook. A few of us dreamed of writing the Great American Novel. Were we cheerleaders, majorettes, soccer players? Why not? Lovers of the written word are everywhere.
We realize we’re not your typical blog. You probably shouldn’t read us during your lunch hour. Some of our articles run longer than a quick bite. We don’t have a single “brand.” Just what our logo says, From and to people who love the written word. Each of us has her own style and interests, so from one week to the next, you can expect something new and different. Having that flexibility keeps us fresh and, I hope, keeps you coming back for more.
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As we say here in the South, Y’all come back soon, you hear!