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!
This offbeat interpretation from Mary Aishton still makes me giggle every time I read it:
Thank you, Mary!
Thank you also to Lisa Engler for her amusing (if extreme) alternative to business as usual:
Great captions, ladies! Thank you to all who submitted captions – keep them coming!