December 7 – Community. Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?
I have spent much of my life feeling…”different.”
Sometimes, it was my clothes, or my sense of humour, or my views of the world that made me a little different. Sometimes, it was the things that I believed in that made me feel like a misfit; and sometimes it was the things that I didn’t believe in that made me feel like I didn’t belong.
So imagine when, by the grace of God, I stumbled on to this troupe of people:
My sense of community and family changes and grows with me each day. And I identify as a member of many different groups — communities which I connect with often, sometimes, rarely, never.
But there is a group that I break bread with each and every Wednesday; a group which has seen me through the best days and worst of this year.
And I love these friends. I really really do.
Nothing brings a community together like a shared interest in hideous fashion.
As it turned out, though, Scott’s “sweater” was merely a printed-on pattern. Poseur.
When someone suggested that we break out the dress-up clothes and take a “family” picture at our “Winesgiving,” I knew I’d picked a bunch of winners.
But the “family” Christmas card portrait hit home the fact that I am part of this Winesday family, and each week, I come home to something special, that is bigger, wackier and more wonderful than I could ever be flying solo.