I needed to focus on a variety of things: my career, my pregnancy with my second child, my family. I was a little overwhelmed with life. Writing an etiquette blog felt a little indulgent, a little pointless, and a little bit overdue for the cutting room floor.
And then, I recently read this quote: (I love quotes, man.)
"Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go."
- Natalie Goldberg
Dammit. I love Natalie Goldberg. She wrote Writing Down the Bones, which I read in high school and which made an indelible mark on me.
I realized that I was thinking about it, the future of this blog, all wrong.
Granted, I don't have the lifestyle that I had when Proper Husband and I were in our twenties. I don't often get to sit at a restaurant, sip a martini, and think about how people ought to write their thank you notes. (Who does? Did I ever?)
I'm not *always* at networking happy hours, the newest cool restaurant, or the ubiquitous music festival. (I do miss eating out without children. Note to self: Plan date night.)
So what? Are only fabulous urban twenty-somethings held accountable to etiquette standards? (Snort. As if.)
These days, I am at Target when it opens on Saturday morning. I'm at Starbucks, a lot. I am at home, raising two beautiful boys, trying to teach them to be good citizens of the world. I am at the office, having meetings, being a professional person.
Etiquette is more important than ever. (Lightbulb.)
And so, picture it. (Sicily, 1920.)
Hope you find yourself emerging today.
Ta ta for now,