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There is a post going around Facebook that reads:
*For someone I love and admire greatly! THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN AND WARRIOR AWARD!**
The game is as follows ... Once selected, you have to choose 10 women on Facebook you believe deserve the award, copy and paste this on their wall, you must be honest, This is a way to show your respect and admiration for women who should be told their worth! If you receive it over three times, consider yourself really a beautiful woman and warrior, if you break the game nothing will happen, but it's nice to know that someone appreciates and admires you ... and you're a beautiful person inside and out! I chose you!!~~ ♥ ~~
I like this very much. I have sent it to many of my friends, because this is exactly how I feel about them. But my friend, Judi asked an interesting question Friday morning-what do you do if this how you feel about all your friends?
Over the past two years, I have met amazing, powerful and wonderful women. I met them through We Are Woman, through Facebook, through my early writing and through mutual friends. There are too many to name, and too many to single out for their magnificence, but if I could, this is what I would say to each one.
Thank you. Thank you for pushing me and encouraging me and loving me and supporting me. Thank you for your bravery and your brilliance and your friendship. You have each, in your own way, inspired me. The past few weeks have been a little weird, as a lot of my friends know, and never once did anyone say "Well, if you're not writing for tens of thousands of people anymore, I'm not going to be your friend." Oh, I lost a few people who latched onto me because of some imaginary notoriety that I don't have, but 99% of the people I have met over the past two years are still with me. And that's truly a blessing.
Now, before all my male friends begin gnashing their teeth, you inspire me as well. I've met astonishingly gifted writers, reconnected with friends from high school and Disney and consider it an honor to know you all.
So, I would change that Facebook post to read "The beautiful person and warrior award," because I know so many warriors, men and women alike. Men who have battled horrors and come out of that empathetic and genuine and loving. Women who have dealt with sorrow and loss and pain, yet have the best senses of humor I've ever come across. Smart asses, snark masters, geniuses, blue collar, white collar, no collar. You all add so much to my life.
As we wind down 2012, I think a meet and greet is in order. Sort of a Facebook Reunion with Drinks and Bail Money. Someone suggested Vegas, which is hilarious. Can you see us all in Vegas? Butts glued to the stool at the Antiques Roadshow machine or the craps table, screaming across the casino floor "PEGGY! I won a DOLLAR!" We could visit the Wax Museum-I have a great photo of my husband pretending to punch former president George W. Bush's figurine in the nuts. Whatcha think, kids? A few days this summer in Vegas? (Shut up, it's a dry heat.)
In all seriousness, thank you. Thank you to my warrior women and warrior men for your love and friendship, your wisdom and your respect. I hope in 2013 to continue to earn it.