I gave up trying to be good eons ago. I don’t know about you, but the state seemed too difficult to define, much less achieve.
That said, I recognize a good person when I meet one. Since they are so rare, I also try to let the good ones know how much I value their character. It can be hard, good people are always helping you. One doesn’t want to just say thank you for acts performed, but for the happy startle when you recognize goodness exists at all.
The other thing about good people is that it’s not clear they always get what they deserve. Good may not pay. Unfortunate, that.
So let’s all celebrate when good wins. Recently, Time Magazine named Susan Kelley’s blog, What Kate Wore, as one of Time’s 25 best blogs of 2012. Susan, who has a background in journalism, writes with a grace and thoroughness that she brings even to coverage of Battenburg lace, tulle, and what Kate Middleton wears. In detail. What Kate Wore answers every question you’ve ever had about princess fashion.
Susan, who also runs the small business The Preppy Princess, is known ’round here as TPP, and has been commenting in support since 2009. Always selflessly, always cheerfully, always with focus. She’s both well-behaved and highly skilled, and takes advantage of no one, as far as I can tell.
Although goodness is hard to define, surely kindness, diligence, and honor are in there somewhere.
In all honesty, I don’t like Ms. Middleton much. Feel free to disagree. Those of us who give up on good have to reach for smaller virtues native to our temperament, and as a blurter, honesty is all I’ve got. But I do like Susan, enormously. And I hope you join me in cheering her success and visiting her store.
Susan, thank you so much for everything. May this success bring you and yours all kinds of happiness.