Friday, April 10, 2009

Actions Speak Louder Than Words — SOCKSESS!!

Hard to slow down my brain right now to write my “Sock It To Me” post, but I’ll try.

Kymberli at I’m a Smart One had the great idea. The Great Sock It To Me Exchange. From her original post about the idea:

“The warmth you feel from your bloggy support is a warm and fuzzy pair of snuggly socks (metaphor!). Take the support with you for a trip to the stirrups. Wear them when you're chasing around your battle-won little person. Put them on when you have something to celebrate or when you need a hug. Wear them as a physical reminder of all the people inside your computer who you know care for and are thinking of you.”

I fell in love with the idea immediately. What a great way to celebrate this community and the VERY REAL things we do for each other! I’d already been the recipient of “lucky socks.” Before my cycle with my poor old ovaries last November, a caring blogger email me to ask if she could send me lucky socks for my cycle. I wrote about how cared for it made me feel here. Before my first FET in February, Angrycanrn sent me more lucky socks and some awesome beads.

My sock buddy was Betty Rubble at I Married Barney, Now What? She sent me the most adorable socks and a lovely handmade card! They arrived just in time for me wear in the stirrups for a lining check. Since this cycle seems to have worked, they are now officially lucky socks!

Here is a photo of one foot in the stirrup. Could really take a wide shot by myself, and yeah, I hadn’t shaved my legs. After going to this clinic for so long, on a cold morning, I JUST DON’T CARE!

Now, as to the title of this post and how it relates the sock exchange and our corner of the blogosphere. It came to me as was scrolling through my iPod the other day. It’s a cliché phrase, but it’s also one of my favorite lyrics by Jonathan Larson, who wrote Rent, from another show of his. You can download the song here. I looked for a video clip, but couldn’t find a good quality one. This is the chorus:

"Cages or wings,
Which do you prefer?

Ask the birds

Fear or love, baby

Don't say the answer
Actions speak louder than words"

Many would say that all our blogs are just words on the internet, but our community is so much more than that. If it weren’t for this community, Angrycanrn and I would not have connected, and I would not be pregnant today. Cassandra sent her massage therapist friend to my hotel room for an amazing massage before my first FET. Our community helped finance Calliope’s FET and now her baby is HERE!!! We have donated expensive meds to each other. (BTW, my dear friend and fellow SMC wannabe, Princess of Tides needs meds for her next cycle. Please help if you can.) We helped a deserving couple, who’ve had so much heartache, go on a vacation. We helped ease someone’s pain by helping her with the ridiculous co-pay bill she received after surgery for an ectopic. We never know when a heartfelt comment will be the very thing that gets someone through their day. Sending each other socks is a perfect symbol of how we care for each other.

ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! But our words are pretty awesome, too!


Tash said...

You're so right.

And damn, those are cute socks.

Beautiful Mess said...

Awesome socks! Actions do speak louder then words, but those words come at an amazing and perfect time usually.

I'm getting SO many warm fuzzies from all the SITM bloggy love!

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

I always feel like my unshaved legs are the least of it.

If they're going to poke around my bits at dawn, they get what they get. :)

JW Moxie said...

I love your SITM post. The power of this community can move mountains, and as a recipient of such mountain-moving, I am forever humbled and grateful.


Bella said...

Love your words, so true!! Now there's going to be a massive run for those socks since they proved to be lucky!!

Cara said...

Rockin socks! Just love your sentiment - as always.

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked them.

Actually my blog is now open again. Barney and I were having a TERRIBLE time, and I didn't want anyone who didn't know him to judge him.

Glad the socks were lucky! Now you have to wear them in the delivery room too. LOL.

battynurse said...

Very cute socks and great post. All of it so very true.

Dora said...

Glad things are better now, Betty. I've edited the post to add your link. Thanks again. I love the socks!

AnotherDreamer said...

What a beautiful post :)

Kristin said...

Awesome socks and they seem to have great mojo attached!

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