For this edition of the Silver Bloggers Blog of the Week, we had what must be a record number of entries. It seems that the topic really resonated for so many. This means we were challenged and the standard of previous winners has established a benchmark against which to measure contributions.
Surprises and a little housekeeping
One of the things that's surprised us - happily - is the number of entries from folk that have not subscribed to the Silver Bloggers' Community. We hope that your experience in our space encourages you to join this somewhat more mature (and eclectic) bunch of bloggers!
A reminder for everyone:
- The community description which you will find here, is a guide to the content that is welcome in the Silver Bloggers' Community. We will encourage folk who post content that doesn't jive, to find an alternative and more comfortable space in which to play.
- The winner of this edition of #bow can contribute to the next, but will not be eligible for a prize - we like to share the love.
Returning to this week's edition, the panel of four (@lizelle, @papilloncharity, @ericvancewalton and @fionasfavourites - @tarazkp is still on a leave of absence) had difficulty choosing and we had to get help. More of that below.
This week's prizes
The winner gets
- 50% of the liquid rewards from post announcing the winners. His/her account has been set as a 50% beneficiary for this post
- 10 Hive sponsored by @lizelle that she will send directly to the account wallet
That's not all
- a second prize of 10 Hive
- a third prize of 8 Hive
- and for the honourable mention, 2 Hive
All prizes will be sent directly to the winners' accounts' wallets.
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Before we get to the winners -
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As I said, we had seventeen posts to choose from, in addition to the two ineligible posts from the community admins (and judges). Our respective posts reflected the themes that dominated all of the posts: sadness, confusion, fear and profound change. Although some of us say there's been no change, we've all had to dig deep and, on reflection, discover that things have changed - not necessarily plans. Silver-Blond Lizzie had to adapt or die and Silver Flower ponders a season past.
Now, to the "formal" entries. There were three that stood out for us, in addition to this week's outright winner. Again we used the random pick thingy to help. Here's how it played out:
We don't like leaving folk out when, so our resident druid Silver Wings gets a special mention.
He discusses how he missed his visits to the library and (now he's vaccinated) is potentially now looking forward to a visit to the dentist.
We were all touched by how @d1homid's final year of medical school came to an abrupt halt. On his birthday.
Read his post to see whether his dream of becoming a doctor is coming true.
This is an example of how things haven't changed, and they have. Jackie O'Silver's contribution perfectly articulates what so many of us felt when this nightmare began: fear for ourselves, our loved ones and the grief of not being able to physically be with the people we love.
Mindfulness and listening to people who know (her daughter) helped.
Silver Dish's story is, as she says, an important one. She describes she's convinced she had Covid before anyone knew it was a thing. And how has gone on to rob her of so much.
In spite of that, she sought - and found - the silver lining.