A great big thank you being sent to gderr in GA. from Nicole in the Natural State
Aug. 28, 2010 7:16 pm
Updated: Dec. 29, 2010 4:52 am
Here I sit writing my very first blog and I owe it all to the very generous gderr who made it all possible. Thank you so much for blessing me with the opportunity to be a bigger part of a place that has meant a great deal to me.
I used this site for years before discovering the exchange and I enjoyed it then but it has been the interaction with the people from the exchange that has made me a better and more creative cook. Maybe it was seeing how everyone so very much loved to cook
that not only did they look forward to it but that they actually tried to find things they could whip up that changed my attitude? Or, maybe it was seeing the big time beginners out there asking questions that I could actually answer? I am really not sure
but what I do know is that we eat much better and with a lot more variety than we did even just two years ago. And, I can still stay that I do not absolutely LOVE to cook but I no longer see it as a chore. Don't get me wrong, I have cooked hearty homemade
meals from day one of our marriage (13 years now) but not only did I hate it, I saw myself getting into a rut with no variety or creativity. I also had zero confidence in my ability to experiment and try new things and that has changed drastically over this
past year. Allrecipes has been a very positive place for me and I have "met" many great people here along the way. Again, thank you very much Gary and Claire for your kindness in blessing me with this gift. And on that note, I want to end with a little funny
of my first impression of Gary/gderr.
It has been too long now to remember the exact timing but I remember early on reading Gary's first blog. As I read it, well it touched me dearly however I am a pessimistic by nature and before I could even finish I was like, "Ohhhh....there
is no Claire. This is a man using this story to "whew" all of the ladies. I am no fool." Hey, in my defense, gderr's avatar does look something straight out of the 70's or 80's and one that could have been an old prom picture. And, at this time, the newer
more updated picture was not in his profile! The blogs however kept on coming and I saw his interaction on the exchange and I quickly dismissed any doubt I originally had. Then, the Christmas card exchange rolled around and I remember seeing a couple of familiar
faces on my list which included Gary and Claire. I was excited! I live in the sticks outside this sleepy little town and have to rely on a P.O. Box in town and so I do not get my mail every day. I got home one night to see that hubby had beaten me home and
had gone into town to get the mail. He had already sorted it out and there was a stack for me which included a few Christmas cards. I was instantly drawn to one due to the most beautiful handwriting I had ever seen. As I picked it up and looked at the return
address...you guessed it...Gary and Claire. It immediately brought back my first original doubts and I had to giggle. No offense Gary but there was no way in Hell this was your writing. LOL! Yes, this perfect handwriting must be that of Claire's. I have followed
their story and am sincerely grateful that it had the positive ending that it did and I am also sincerely grateful that I was able to be a part of it in a small way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you both so very much for being yourselves and touching
so many lives including my own. You are both gems and I wish you the best in life. Again, thank you for this gift to me. I appreciate it dearly.
Soup Loving Nicole