"I've been letting my mind wonder at night. My thoughts should have a curfew." Am Kidd

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Kindred spirits

Have you ever had the feeling that no matter how long you know someone, you don't really  know that person, and that person doesn't really know you? People you see and talk to everyday, people with whom you work and play, they seem to remain perfect strangers.

Then, once in while you come across someone you've just met and for some strange reason there is an instant connection, an unexplained bond. I notice this to be even more so in the world of Blogs. Perhaps this is because when a post is written in the peaceful silence of the night, a person doesn't have to struggle to keep up a front, to make an impression, to behave a certain way. We are relaxed and our words are truly attuned to our feelings. You could tell a lot about someone by the way they write! There is no middle man between the thought and the word.  You think it, you feel it, you write it. It's there in black and white, and the reader captures the message, pure and undiluted. Hence, that instant magic bond.

In the short time I've been blogging I have come to know and love so many Kindred Spirits. Ladies I would probably never, ever meet in person and yet, I look forward to listen to what they have to say, I enjoy seeing what they want to show. Pieces of their lives, everyday thoughts, tears and laughter. These people are no longer strangers, they have a name, they have a soul and strangely, the "body" is not important. In my world they YOU are real and they YOU matter.  

Mxtodis123 is one of those Kindred Spirits I am referring to. An interesting and talented woman whose Blog I enjoy visiting. Our friendship is fairly new and yet the bond is already there. I am happy to share the Award (and the questions) that she has passed on to me. Thank you Mary! This is fun :0)

1. What is your favorite food?  Comfort food. Soup, mashed potatoes, anything that tastes like home.
2. What is your favorite television show?  ANYTHING British. I'm such a fan!
3. If you could live wherever you wanted, where would it be? In the countryside, in a cottage surrounded by a wild, lush garden full of butterflies and birdsong.
4. Who is your hero?  I admire the "average" person who quietly makes a difference, the "behind the scene" guy or gal who hardly ever get the recognizition they deserve for their efforts and daily sacrifices.
5. Favorite drink?   Wine ^__^
6. What are your hobbies?  Decorating, reading, gardening, daydreaming.
7. Who is your favorite author?  This is a hard one. I love so many! Beverly Nichols, Muriel Spark, Jane Austen, Alice Thomas Ellis (to name a few)
8. Favorite subject when you were in school?  English.
9. Day or night person?  I could not choose. There are times when I get up very early and enjoy looking at the raising sun, but then, on those magic nights when the moon is full, I become restless, unable to go to sleep because I don't want to miss it!
10. Favorite holiday?  Halloween!!

I hereby pass on this Award  and my ten questions to:

1- How many pairs of shoes do you own?

2- What foreign countries have you visited?

3- Which day of the week do you like the most and why?

4- If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?

5- What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?

6- What crazy things do you dream of trying someday?

7- What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

8- What is the one thing that you love the most about yourself?

9- What do you do when you are feeling sad or depressed?

10- What is your idea of fun?

All the Blogs I follow are wonderful places, filled with beautiful images and heartfelt stories. It's quite comforting to know that I am not alone in my quest to learn new things, to dream, to enjoy life, and to try and be a better person.  It's a great feeling knowing that somewhere, near or far, someone might be thinking of me, and that my name might be written on someone's list as a special Kindred Spirit.

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  1. Lovely post, Alina. Congrats on your award. Most deserved :)

  2. Wendy! my dear friend, sooo nice to see you "come up" from under your writing den and drop by :0) Thank you XX

  3. Shockingly kindred - that's what you've been to me. It's sometimes a WOW thing. Very often, it's a relief, I could almost cry because It's like soothing rain to have someone put words to my heart. I've thought about it before - it's like we're both definitely ice cream, just, maybe, a slightly different flavour (we'd probably go well together on a waffle cone! hee!) I really appreciate you. You know, think about the word "appreciate" - I really do! =]

    Thank you, Alina, for the vote of confidence in my blog. I was JUST thinking, "what.am.I.DOING?!"

    Of course, it makes perfect sense that you were given this award!!! Of course, Of course! Congratulations!

    Love, Me xxo

  4. Thank you for the kind words, Alina. A well-deserved award for a wonderful new friend.

  5. Oh my sweet Alina! You have captured my thoughts and feelings about blogging friends completely! I am so honored by your passing on this award. I shall think about my answers and do the post later this week.

    Isn't it wonderful that in the blogging world you can be who you are and let your words flow freely. It's a lovely thing!

    Have a wonderful day friend!
    Thank you so much again.
    xo Catherine

    PS ~ I like soup too! :)

  6. Thank you Carousel! xx

    Dear Katy, Thank you, thank you! We will surely do well together as ice cream on a waffle cone, but we musn't forget to be sprinkled with nuts (no pun intended, I think... :0) xxxx

    Thanks again Mary, for your friendship and of course the Award xx

    Catherine, I can't wait to read your answers. You will make me smile. You always do! xx

  7. Beautiful post Alina.....yay...well said...i too agree..there is a special and sacred translation that just happens between people..it is magic! beautiful post...yay..it was fun too! Have a happy day!

  8. Congratulations on your well-deserved award Alina - it was fun reading your answers.

    This is such a lovely heartfelt post and totally reciprocated - blogging IS a great way of connecting with kindred spirits and I feel blessed to count you amongst them:-)

    Have a wonderful evening!


  9. Ah, British TV...
    Congratulations on the award, and fun questions and answers.

  10. whew! I was going to put the award and questions in my Sunny News but it got so long. I hope that you don't mind, it's going to take me a couple of days, here.

  11. Hello Alina, you are right in your sensitive reflections and I think that all us.
    Congratulations as well.
    A kiss from Spain.

  12. I have always believed that our hearts speak through letters... nothing can define us better, or reveals the true nature of our hears than the written word.... really, I can say the world in my language, and even when English is not my Mother's tongue, rivers of pure joy flows from my finguers as I type.... ;)

    Very nice blog... and nice meeting you!


  13. Thank you everyone for saying such nice things :0)

    Katy, of course I don't mind! These things are supposed to be fun and be done whenever XX

    Cielo, hello and welcome! I've visited your lovely Blog and I can see you do have "rivers of words" So nice to meet you too!

  14. Congratulations on your award !
    The image says everything. Two small ones walking together. Friendship and related spirits ( I believe in that too). What a sweet ! XX

  15. Yes and People we barely knew for years... when we take the time often turn out to be so much more!!!

  16. Alina, I want to thank you for your beautiful words on my blog this morning...they meant so much to me. I wasn't sure whether to write about Abby or not. Sometimes it's hard to know how much of yourself to share on these blogs, and by putting yourself out there you make yourself quite vulnerable, which is always difficult for me...again, thankyou x

  17. Abril, it was so special to see you had also written about this kind of friendship. Kindred Spirits abound :0) Thank you! xx

    Gwen, so true! xx

    Carousel, it's always a special treat to visit you and read about your lovely family. I know what you mean about being too vulnerable but how could you not share such wonderful details? I'm sure your heart will show you the "right path" Hugs!

  18. Oh Alina, I can sooo relate to this wonderful post! xo Paulette

  19. Congrats dear Alina..and thank you my dear! I hope you do not mind that I never follow on the award questions and passing them on to others. If that's okay with you, I happily accept it and will post it on my sidebar. The Purple Caravan is one of my most favorite places to visit. You've created a most magical, and peaceful place.

  20. Hi Paulette, I so loved your blog's new look I went ahead and visited Karen Valentine who has designed a new look for mine. She is great. Have a beautiful day! xx

    Dear Miss Sandra, no need to explain or apologize, the Award is yours to keep and do whatever you want :0) Thank you so much for finding the time to visit me! xx


Albert Schweitzer said "In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit" I thank you all!