Leave it to me. Wait until almost the very last minute! But I managed to stop by Dillard's today and I found just the thing to wear! Of course it is something I would have worn 20 years ago, not now. But I'm taking liberty with imagination and cyber space. So bear with me and play along.
Here's the Jessica McClintock dress I'll be wearing:
Of course, like any good Texas girl, I'll have the double-strand pearls Daddy gave to Mama on with it. And I know some of you think all we ever wear are boots for foot attire. (And others know this redneck runs around barefoot unless forced to do otherwise.) But I'll be sporting these sexy shoes for our grand night:
Yes, I do remember how to walk in them! So you know I'll be stylin'.
Wondering what all the fuss is about? AOL Journals are about to celebrate their 3rd year! Of course, I have only been around for a little over one year myself. But I'm proud and happy to be a part of this wonderful community!
When I first became a high tech redneck with a pc I tried groups. Groups were friendly enough. But I craved a broader base of folks to interact with. So I tried message boards. Now that was an experience! Some talked all around me, like I wasn't there. Others seemed to have members who's main aim in life was to argue and fight with as many people as possible. And some just broke my heart. So many people who said they were Christians, but apparently had never opened the Bible. So, I tried some posting and blogging at a spot that shall remain nameless. But the traffic was dismal, and no one ever left a comment.
Meanwhile, I stumbled upon AOL Journals, purely by accident. The first one I ever read was Jackie's Small Town Life. I liked the friendship I saw in the repartee there. Tried setting up a journal of my own. But it was still clunky and awkward. I gave up. But not forever. My heart kept telling me that I was supposed to be sharing. Sharing primarily with women. Primarily with Christian women, wives and mothers. So, Life and Faith in Caneyhead was born.
I received a warm welcome right off the bat! Everyone willing to share, encourage and pass along tips and tricks. I found J-land was a neighborhood. And many of my neighbors have become my friends. Just as real to me as any anywhere. I've been inspired, encouraged and entertained in their pages. I have been blessed to reciprocate occasionally. With humor. Hopefully with warmth. Snippets of my life. What, if any, wisdom I have garnered these 45 (soon to be 46) years. Even able to record a little history in the making when Rita passed our way.
I have been privileged to meet folks from near and far. Places I know I'll never visit physically. It's a journey I am glad I begun, and one I plan to continue.
Happy Birthday, J-land! God bless you and all others who pass this way. Sit down and put your feet up, if you can stay a while. We'll make coffee and swat mosquitos. Hope to see many of you at the big Gala on Sunday!