AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: A little kindness goes a long way DATE: 7/23/2008 01:37:00 PM ----- BODY:
Last year, I sat in the airport scanning the faces of women with laptops. Surely there was a way to tell if one of them was heading to BlogHer. I didn't get up the nerve to ask any of them like some people, but I was curious nonetheless.

This year, I did see a blogger on the plane from Atlanta to San Fransisco. One row up and on the opposite side of the plane sat Lawyer Mama. I made my way over to her aisle and leaned over the large man sitting beside her to tell her hello. At the time I felt a little rude, but after her post on flying etiquette, my guilt is assuaged.

She told me she was sharing a taxi into the city with her cousin (who I wish I could link to, but I can't find her). I had not traveled with a car seat, so I was going to take the BART. Stephanie offered and insisted to take my suitcase in the cab with them. I thought that I could handle it, but she was so kind to even think of asking; I let her. And man, was I glad I did. The hotel was several blocks UPhill from the BART station. I would have had a horrible time getting that suitcase up the hill while wearing Mr. Kickypants and also carrying the diaper bag and laptop bag.

I know she didn't think it to be a big deal, but I did. It was one of the kindest things anyone did for me all weekend.

That's the way I think of BlogHer. The kindness of strangers, who aren't really strangers because you either know them online or share enough in common that there is always a conversation to be had.

Someone else was above and beyond kind to me as well. Lara, who writes Notions of Identity, stepped into the pack of hyenas hungry to get their Zivio and got the rep to hurry one along for me. All because Christopher was getting really fussy in his sling, and I was having a hard time just holding a place in "line". It was a harsh crowd, and I was really getting swamped. Enough so that I had to turn around and tell some woman not to touch my child again and to stop pushing us. Ridiculous.

But in the midst of all of that was Lara. She probably didn't think it was a big deal either, but it was. She didn't know me, but she chose to help me. There isn't a lot of that mentality in the world. Those who have it still are true gems.

I didn't get many cards this year, probably because I didn't go but to two of the parties and didn't stay long. Knowing my mom and my son were back at the hotel made me want to get back there as soon as possible. A little linky love to those people I did get to meet and talk with even for just a minute. I enjoyed those minutes very much!

Andi at Poot and Cubby
Kat at LA Blogger Gal
Nina at Nina Moon
Leticia at Tech Savvy Mama
Lia at Freitas Family Follies
Kelcey at The Mama Bird Diaries
Becky at Miss Priss
Maggie at Magpie Musing

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Becki DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 3:53:00 PM EDT Random kindness makes any sort of traveling with a baby so, so, so much easier! Glad some found you to help on your journey :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Liz DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 5:05:00 PM EDT wonderful! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lara DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 6:33:00 PM EDT Awwww - it was so nice of you to write this and link to me! I'm glad we got you that Zevio! You deserved it! I think Lawyer Mom's cousin is Celeste at The Musings of a Defiant Mother...I can't link here, but google it and you'll find it!
Take care! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous andi DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 7:53:00 PM EDT Aw, thanks! I really enjoyed meeting you and wish we'd had more time to talk. Same place next year? ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous LA Blogger Gal DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:11:00 PM EDT Thanks for the shout out. I enjoyed chatting with you at Ruby Skye. I love that someone thought to carry your suitcase. That was just genius and very helpful (and the very reason I took a shuttle from Oakland and didn't take Bart).

So how did you mom enjoy the weekend? Did she get as much out of it?

~Kat ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous workout mommy DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:36:00 PM EDT I didn't get a chance to talk with you personally but I was sitting nearby in one of the sessions as your little guy was happily jumping in your lap. he is adorable! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Susie DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 9:47:00 PM EDT One of the best things about the way you are posting about blogger is all the new links. I haven't been posting - I'm too busy reading! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous becky DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 10:03:00 PM EDT I remember that story about the headset!

And Skye came down to meet me and helped me drag my suitcase up the hill. Looks like we both had some nice friends help us out. :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Mamma DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 10:55:00 PM EDT Many wonderful women on your list. Wonderful like you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Momma to LG DATE:Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at 11:58:00 PM EDT I am sorry we didn't talk more! I have realized, I seemed to be in my own world some of the time, overwhelmed! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous julie @ the calm before the stork DATE:Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 12:38:00 AM EDT What a wonderful story. What's a Zivio? I don't think I really was at BlogHer -- We "met" around Liz's virtual shower, and then I didn't keep up, didn't get to meet you in person this weekend. I'm sad about that. Oh well... glad to be here, visiting you again now. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Magpie DATE:Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 9:21:00 AM EDT Hi! Thanks for the linky-ness!

BTW, Lawyer Mama's cousin is http://defiant-muse.blogspot.com/

I was all bummed because I didn't get a Zivio the first day - the woman just before me had gotten the last one. But I went back on Saturday and scored. It made my day. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous JessicaAPISS DATE:Friday, July 25, 2008 at 12:06:00 AM EDT I thought you were beautiful. So beautiful I was almost intimidated but then you were so real and kind and loving. Thank you. xo Jess ----- --------