Friday, March 28, 2008

Beady Family

As I have been brousing through different blogs these past weeks, I have seen a phenomenon that I just had to write about. Over the past 10 months I have been associated with the Bead Journal Project. Staying active both in beading and blogging, I have met so many wonderful people throughout the world. For a woman who was raised in a small town in Central California, it tickles me no end to mention communicating with someone in Scotland or Italy or New Zealand . More than that, however, it pleases me to know I have friends in those far reaching places.

It reminded me of a poem I wrote:


Reach out to people.
Touch their minds quietly.
Reach out and perhaps, one day
They will reach out to you.
There is no better feeling than to have someone
Return your gesture of friendship.
To know that your thoughts and feelings are returned
Brings a sense of well being and satisfaction.
Always reach out.
The rewards are worth it.
A. Lewis 1989

The cameradery of beaders is like that of no other group with whom I have had contact. There is sharing of not only beady things, but personal things as well. There is support when one is ill, or in need. There is celebration when joyful things happen. What more could you ask of a group of friends?

Thank you all for sharing part of your life with me and allowing me to share mine with you.



GraceBeading said...

Aw Arline - what a wonderfully sweet sentiment. I couldn't agree more. Thanks so much for sharing your feelings.

a2susan said...

I think your sentiments are shared by many of us. I love what you've done to your blog - the banner, the colors. You asked where I got the starfish on my last piece - it was a bead store here in Michigan. If you'd like, I'll pick up some and put them in the mail. Susan

vivage said...

Arline! Yep, couldn't agree with you more.

And thanks for the conversation for the last few days!

Cathy W said...

Hello Arline,
How true, how true! and to think we met just today when you posted on my blog! Thank you for your encouraging words (here and on mine). Look forward to more chats with you, from another CA-girl now living in TX

The Lone Beader said...

Yes, it is so nice to make friends in far away places! :D

freebird said...

Where have I been? I haven't seen this till now? And I noticed you signed up for my PIF on my blog too. Did I ever get back with you on that? I think my head's been in a cloud or something lately. Anyhow, I've got you down for it now.