It was while we were driving that Nadalene said that she thinks that my blog, and all blogs really, resemble a French Salon of the 18th century.
‘Mom all these people gather: artists, writers, poets, intellectual thinkers; all with something to say.’
I could not deny the truth of it. I believed her then and I believe her still.
It was never my intent of what the blog should be and it is still not my intent, but things have a way of becoming what they become.
My intent of the blog is still for my children, still for them to know what I think, and mostly for them to hear my voice when I can no longer speak.
But somewhere along the way I wrote something that someone thought something of. Others wrote or did art that I thought something of. I communicated and they communicated. And before I knew it we became a community of friends. It appeared that I had a salon and so did they and we could get to each others in a blink of an eye.
Our salons are a gathering of women and men who share their thoughts about what we are doing or what matters to us on any particular day. In my salon I would love to create a space for dialogue and reflection.
In my particular salon I want an inclusive environment that all feel welcome to express their views. I really do love to hear what everyone has to say. I tell my truth and I love to hear your truth.
Like the French salons of the past our blogs have become an informal university. Through our blogs we are able to exchange ideas and receive enlightenment.
My hope for my salon in this 21st century is to have a gathering of stimulating people partly to amuse one another and partly to increase my knowledge through my meanderings of their art and words, and mostly to have an exchange of love and ideas.
The exchange of love in my 21st Century Salon has never been more evident than what went down on the 28th for my birthday.
My youngest sister Shelly read on my blog where Nancy mentioned having a guest blogger. Shelly asked me a week or so before my birthday if she could do a Regarding Renee post. I of course jumped at it and absolutely love what she wrote. She is amazing.
Then I was laughing with Bella, Ces, Linda, and Bjornik and in my laughing, I thought I had an inkling that something was going down regarding my birthday. (Which it did, they threw me a party.) They are amazing.
Mad Texter who is hilarious left me a comment the day before my birthday and when I went to reply I saw he had romper room for my birthday. I was totally stunned and thought wow so cool.
A spoonful of sugar who lives in Australia whose imagination and skills are beyond my imagination had a birthday banner up. I love it.
Rosaria was going to make an award and I was to be its first recipient and I received it the day before my birthday. What she wrote made me cry. I love it. Rosaria is amazing.
Then just before I went to bed there was a comment from Orly. I replied and in the corner of her blog I saw my banner picture with ‘Renee Day’ written across it. Then I was like what the fuck?
This led to a birthday filled with wonderful pictures and poems and stories and Bjornik the best love letter I have ever received.
This is the order that they came to my birthday. Please check them out. These salons are all brilliant and I love each and every one of the people behind the salon.
Rosaria at http://sixtyfivewhatnow.blogspot.com/2009/03/shining-light-award.html
Orly at http://oneartistjournal.wordpress.com/
Michelle at http://anchellblue.blogspot.com/2009/03/renee-day.html
Ces at http://cesandherdishes.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Bella at http://bellasinclair.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-renee-day.html
Delwyn at http://ahazymoon.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-dear-renee.html
Karin at http://aviewbeyondwords.blogspot.com/2009/03/for-renee.html
Bjornik at http://bjornik.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Caroline at http://thecalmintheeyeofthetorm.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-know-gal.html
Kathy at http://moongazinghareillustration.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-renee-day.html
kj at http://karenjasper.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-name-is-renee-and-i-am-52-years-old.html
Audrey at http://stage3whome.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-to-renee.html
Rebecca at http://rebeccasramsey.blogspot.com/2009/03/light-candle.html
Cheryl at http://frizzfrock.blogspot.com/2009/03/picking-flowers-for-renee-happy.html
Sarah at http://rowenleaf.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-dear-renee.html
Gloria at http://glorv1.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday.html
Daria at http://daria-livingwithcancer.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Julie at http://geishaschooldropout.typepad.com/geisha_school_dropout/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Linda at http://lindacardina.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-beautiful-renee-we-love.html
Laurel at http://studiololo.blogspot.com/2009/03/celebrating-renee.html
Nancy at http://everyphototellsastory.blogspot.com/2009/03/image-prompt-happy-birthday.html
Ronnie at http://biddybrain.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Lisa at http://raihndrops.blogspot.com/2009/03/1008pm-renee-day.html
Kelly at http://kellykilmer.blogspot.com/2009/03/journal-page-from-321-and-birthday.html
Nolly Posh at http://nollyposh.blogspot.com/2009/03/happiest-of-happy-birthdays-3.html
kj at http://karenjasper.blogspot.com/2009/03/tipping-point.html
Sheri at http://ostrichgirl5.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Caroline at http://carolinesstudio.blogspot.com/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Kate at http://blog.totalbalance.com.au/2009/03/happy-birthday-renee.html
Aleksandra at http://sandra-sandrinatajna.blogspot.com/2009/03/renee-happy-birthday-againwhy-not-o.html
Ces at http://cesandherdishes.blogspot.com/2009/03/renee-award.html
Jacinta at http://one-little-acorn.blogspot.com/2009/04/beautiful-birthdays.html
Flossy-P at http://flossy-p.blogspot.com/2009/03/renee-day.html
Now if all of you dolls would send me a copy of the pictures and letters and paintings you did in the mail; well then I would be completely satisfied, as you know I am always pushing my luck.
I am so sincerely humbled (which is not me) by what you have all done and the many birthday wishes that have been sent my way. Thank you, all of you.
Love Renee xoxoxox