Thursday, December 25, 2008

Great Family Room and Pen Pal Gals

We have a Great (Kitchen, Dining, Family) Room which makes up almost all of the square footage of the main level of our home and it is indeed GREAT. When I saw the plans one late night, searching plans online, I knew we were finally going to build a home after purchasing 6 existing homes in 12 years of marriage. I knew it would be where friends and family would gather, sharing, having fun and just do our own individual things amongst everyone gathered in this space

We've been in this home for almost 3 years now and this Great Room has exceeded our expectations. Yes sometimes the television is too loud and food is too often eaten not at the table (covered with mom and Paige's projects), but this room has bared witness to almost everything that happens in our family. Homework, meals, parties, movie night, sewing projects, playing, sleeping AND.....


Within this space I have found reason to give the laundry, dusting and toilet cleaning less attention. Some day perhaps I will meet these ladies in person just like back in the day when you would meet your pen pal. I imagine where they may be, while pouring out their wisdom, love and humor onto the keyboard. The keyboard, the new pen. They have expanded my world, sitting here in my Great Room. The grand world all within my reach by just a click of a few keys. Not an addiction, but an enhancement to my old and new real world connections. Traveling Sanctuaries through the information highway.



Mind numbing television replaced with giving and receiving love, wisdom, humor and advise. Ladies should gather together more often, virtually and in person. No pretense, just ourselves, being ourselves. Why not? Yes too busy I know. World's expectations and commitments of course. Sure we probably talk and gather with others all day long, but too often not really making a connection, not truly listening and sharing. All so plastic and a means to an end.

Let's gather with our families and with other ladies. Spreading Joy. Shredding Fear. Having Fun.

Thank you for gathering and doing it together, Mom, Michelle, Mary, Veronica, Elizabeth, Sheryl, Tashina, Teresa, Molli, Rosie, Karla, Janet, Casey, Gabrielle, Cindy, Beth, Suzie, Stephanie, PopArtDiva, Angela, Teri, Kim, Myrna, Heather, Sarah, Stephanie, Wendy, Sue, Carmen, Vickie, Sally, Lori, Patty, Paige, Gavin, Jordan, Hubby, Dad, Brian, Dean..... you fuel and blow me away.

6 comments:

cindy said...

thank you for this great post, and I agree! Hope you and your family had a nice Christmas day!

Gabrielle said...

It's you that I thank!!! I love what you are giving to women. You are truly a blessing!

PopArtDiva said...

Yes! Women have a unique need for congress with each other - the support, love, sharing and exchange of ideas and creativity enriches us enormously!

Being a single woman for so many years now I feel this need very strongly and my interactions with my on-line friends is vital to my mental health. I've made some truly wonderful friendships and bonds that I would never have had without the internet!

Have a wonderful New Year and here's to building a great "congress of women" in 2009!

Andreal said...

Connection is GOOD!

Over The Top Aprons said...

That is a lovely concept - gathering your friends around you in your lovely home setting.

Chic Gal said...

Thank you so much for your lovely post. I felt like I was hanging out with you in your great room. Chatting, having coffee and sharing gal time. So glad we met through the world wide web. xoxo