Saturday, March 13, 2010

Mabel's Labels Blog Her '10 Contest

This post is my entry for a Contest that Mabel's Labels is holding. To enter, we were to answer the hypothetical question: "Electrical Storms are going to wipe out the Internet. You have one day to write about your passions in 300 words or less."

Dear Internet:

I suppose I should be preparing for the electrical storm but here I sit, procrastinating. Without you, I won't be able to use blogging as an excuse to get out of housework, or sit and tweet while Hubs watches "Ghost Hunters". Really Internet, couldn't the TV stations die instead? We could all do without Toddler and Tiaras, but Twitter? How could you?

When Jake was small, I turned to you when I felt alone in the world and inadequate as a mother. Late at night, tears rolling down my face, I posted a plea on a message board, never thinking that someone else would care, much less answer. They did, and in that moment, I became part of a community of Moms without borders.

Oh sure, sometimes we bicker, are catty or jealous, but the truth is that despite geography, culture, color, religion, and fashion sense, we're one big happy community. When one of us desires chocolate, one sends it. When we need a bit of boost to our ego, people leave comments. We give hugs to people we have never seen in person, offer prayers for each other's children, and rally the troops when one of us is suffering. The generosity, compassion, and selflessness of this community knows no bounds, and I am proud to be a part of it. I have learned so much about myself, and how my voice can make a difference, simply by being here.

For awhile I'll sit and grumble at my iPod, or reminisce about tweeting, but in the end, that passion for this sense of community is something I'll take with me. Perhaps it will inspire me to do great things. After all, I do have neighbors.

I wonder if they like cookies?

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