Home at Last....
Apr. 24, 2012 7:17 pm
Updated: May 2, 2012 3:13 am
I don't know how it happened. I wish I could recall the moment I knew. It's a great sadness to me that I can't remember the very day I left my promiscuous ways. Once I flitted from one place to another, seeking satisfaction, or the ultimate "high".
I remember those days--days of wandering, nights of endlessly chasing beautiful, enticing fireflies, always beckoning me on, away from my center. I grew confused and lost my way. Then, gradually, I realized that I had stopped running, that I had actually
found a place to rest. This was a place where I found my security, my acceptance, my self-expression, my outlet for creativity, and wonderful recipes, to boot! How could I have overlooked this for so long? I knew about AllRecipes for several years before
I joined. In fact, I have recipes printed from the site long before December of 2009, but that is when I finally knew I had to commit. Oh, my visits were welcomed and encouraged before then, but I knew I was only a visitor. Now, I feel like family, and
that feels just right!
But why did you stop your wandering and become a member, you may ask. Let me explain. With membership, I can be of help to my fellow cooks, who have become my friends and internet neighbors. Also, I can't quite put my finger on it, but there is something
about the AR site that communicates heart, and I want to be a part of that. The site font is friendly; the site itself is user-friendly and fast; the staff seems eager to be of assistance to the community, with no hint of disdain or snootiness; the extensive
reservoir of recipes is easily searched; and the reviews from thousands of cooks like me are very helpful. In fact, it is the reviews from people I trust that will often convince me to step out and try something different!
Speaking of community, I guess that's the most important reason that I am a member here. I start and end my day, every day, with the "peeps" on the Buzz. I may not always post, but I always want to know what everyone else is planning for dinner. Lisa's posts,
early in the morning, give me such a lift, and they often provide me with the inspiration I lack. I check in whenever I can throughout the day, and I love the silly games and chats that develop "after dark"! Oh, I've had moments that weren't so warm and
fuzzy, times when the printed words seemed a little sharp or judgmental, but we're almost family, aren't we? I try to give it a little grace and go on. In any case, 95 percent of the time the "Buzz" is like a giant kitchen table where anyone is welcome to
pull up a chair and chat for a while. Last time I checked, 95 was still an "A" on most grading scales!
Then, I stepped up to a higher level of participation on AR and became a "smurfette". I was so proud of my blue star! I think the menu planner has been the supporting member feature I use the most. I love how I can create menus and shopping lists for a week,
or for an event. I'm new to blogging, so the jury is still out on that benefit. I'm just now beginning to use the option that allows me to customize a recipe I have tried, but sometimes I forget to do that! I also like the option that re-formats the recipe
to a kitchen friendly view, which is especially nice for printing out recipes.
All these things are great benefits of being a member of the AllRecipes community, but the camaraderie with other cooks from all over the country is the one thing that brings me back every time. I feel I know so many of you, and I am so glad we met! Without
our common bond of the love of good food, we might never have gotten to know one another! Other food sites can still entice me from time to time. Those fireflies are still beautiful, and I might glance at them for a moment, but I know where my heart is:
it's home on AllRecipes!