OK, I still hate video. That is unlikely to change anytime soon, even as cute and easy as my little Flip is. (And I will tell you about the Flip, later. I will.)
But I thought I’d never want to get in front of the camera again. Why would I torture myself like that?? Seriously, people can stare at me and who knows what I’ll say or how it would sound? I’m a frequently foolish girl, but doing video is just really beyond even my pale.
And then Laurie left me a comment.
"The video is GREAT- except,
you really should have worn a mother of the bride dress for drama."
Suddenly, I wanted to make a video with me in that dress. Didn’t even matter what I was saying, I wanted to be in a gorgeous blue and gold sparkly mother of the bride dress, for drama.
See, Laurie and I go way back, in blogger-time. She stopped in first to visit me on a post where I was in a rant – rare for me but when I have a reason I will let fly. As this was the first she’d read from me, this is who she thought I was. (This is a constant danger – any post you write could be someone’s first impression of you.)
Laurie called me on what I was saying, and she had a good point. She was right about what she said. And I had just slammed that post up there and gone to bed.
Some friends here leapt to my defense (thank you, so much) and there was some back and forth, because … well, because Laurie is not a weak person, and she KNEW she had a point. (She did!)
I woke up to emails telling me not to worry, they were taking care of it. (Taking care of what?!) OH. Well. I guess if I’m going to rant, I’m going to have to be prepared to hear the other side of things, huh? I left it all to stand.
Well, Laurie kept reading. She realized that one post was NOT me. (Do not expect locals to give you another chance in this case. Not happening.) She wrote me, and we hammered out our differences.
A while back Laurie sent me some nice gifts, just out of the blue, and among them was a dress she had meant to wear for her daughter’s wedding. It is BEAUTIFUL, sparkly and swirly and ever so nice. It is one of the prettiest things I have ever owned. And it was from Laurie, just because.
She told me to party in it, spill wine on it if I want, but just to have a great time and celebrate with my little Chickies Tall One and Little One. She's my friend and she wanted share something beautiful with me, just because. Just so I'd smile. (You know I did!!)
Why am I telling you guys this? Because sometimes the person who slams you is not your enemy, so don’t be so quick to slam back.
And because sometimes all it takes to get to get over a silly fear is a sparkly blue dress.