This is my mother:
Mom and I could not have been more different. Mom was interested in everyone, and for her “interested” covered everything from making sure the homeless were sheltered and the hungry fed… to seeing what time the newly divorced next-door neighbor’s girlfriend arrived and departed. Mom loved everyone (including the newly divorced next-door neighbor), and everyone loved her.
Me? Well… one clue to my propensity for engagement might be the fact that I spent 11 blissful years in the New Mexico high desert where my nearest neighbor was a mile away. I’m kind of private. I like space… and boundaries.
Not that I don’t love my neighbor as myself.
This seems a perfect opportunity to introduce a “neighbor” I truly love and appreciate… even though I can’t keep tabs on her from my bedroom window: Ellen Macdonald, winner of the February caption contest! (And not just because she writes great captions.) I have enjoyed a warm and rewarding e-friendship with Ellen ever since she won her first caption contest a gazillion years ago… but our schedules had never meshed before… so we finally met in person for the very first time just a few weeks ago when she visited me at my New York trade show. Here we are standing beneath a banner with one of my favorite Ellen Macdonald captions:
Thank you, Ellen, for your wonderful captions (including this winner) and for your friendship!
Maybe it’s because it was such a short month (thank goodness!)… but I only came up with 3 February finalists.
So it seems that while not everyone has heard of the fishbowl, a great number of you are changing your prescriptions these days – big Congratulations to Robert Wooldridge, the winner of our January Caption Contest!
Does everyone know about the fishbowl except me? I’ve led a sheltered life.
Considering I’ve never even heard of this fishbowl thing, I thought there were an awful lot of fishbowl captions submitted… but this was my favorite:
A lot of you saw the approaching couple as unwelcome for various reasons… but one of you found an excellent reason to welcome them:
Everyone tells me I’d be bored if I retired, but I am fairly sure they’re mistaken. I loved this:
And I thought this captured the expression of the guy with the yellow shirt perfectly:
Please vote by midnight, February 3rd.
This year I had the perfect Christmas. I was sick and slept through the entire day.
I sometimes worry there’s something just basically wrong with me that I have such an aversive response to “the most wonderful time of the year.”
But you guys make me feel so much better. How reassuring to be in such good company!
I thought Todd Sentell had tapped my phone or something… but apparently he was speaking for many of us with his winning caption:
Thank you, Todd – I love it! We love it.