I think that when someone uses the word "humbly" about themselves, they don't sound very humble, but I am truly humbled by an award given to me by Savannah. It's the Noblesse Oblige award. One definition of "noblesse oblige" reads "One must act in a fashion that conforms with one's position, and with the reputation that one has earned." Jiminy.
Here are the qualifications:
1) The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs.
4) The Blog is refreshing and creative.
5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
So, can you see why receiving this award might be humbling?
The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:
1) Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2) The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3) Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older post to support.
4) The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5) Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.
Now, I have to choose five other people to receive this award. It's a difficult call, but here goes in alphabetical order:
1) Dive at Small Glass Planet. Yes, I know he's on hiatus at the moment, but Dive is a treasure. He is funny, startlingly intelligent, widely read, a brilliant writer and a devoted son to his lovely mother, Alifan.
2) Mrs. G at The Women's Colony. It wasn't too long ago when Mrs. G started her blog called Derfwad Manor, and she became an instant hit. She has since turned her fantasy of a women's colony into a full-blown blog full of honest essays about family, love, life's struggles and humor.
3) Mme Benaut. Madame's Occasional Blog is actually pretty regular, and she is generous in sharing her family, Australian fauna and menagerie of cats with the world. Even more than that, Mme Benaut has a wide-open heart and a fascinating life story that makes her a gem in blogville.
4) Rich at Beantown Caffe was my very first blogpal. We kept each other writing nearly three years ago when no one was listening to us, and we have remained loyal pals. Rich offers peaks into Boston life, wit and insight, not to mention he's fun to ridicule. Ask him about the high heels and hose he likes to wear when no one's looking.
5) Jason at Roverhaus. Jason isn't just a blogpal, he's a real-life pal. We used to work together before he defected and became his own boss. Now he writes about his beautiful family and all of the curves, the hidden drives and the falling rocks they encounter in life. His writing is beautiful prose, and his honesty is refreshing.
So, there are my picks. I don't expect everyone to be able to carry on with the award rules—I just want them to know I appreciate them. This isn't to say I don't appreciate everyone I have met in blogville, but I was only allowed to choose five.