I know I have an ego, and let's be honest, doesn't everybody who has a blog? I mean, weren't blogs created as a way of showing off our so fun, seriously fabulous lives? (I really don't think there is anything wrong with this, I am just laughing at myself right now. Sorry if the humor doesn't come across.)
Anyway, today my ego was stoked in a good old-fashioned way that hasn't happened for me in a while. I was applauded. I'll spare you the details of just why I was applauded but it basically had to do with me analogizing legal writing to a cream-filled cupcake. I'll allow that it was a brilliant argument (ego, I know), but a glow of pride made my chest feel warm when my peers started clapping.
Oh the applause didn't last long, just a second or two because it was the impromptu kind, but while it lasted I remembered other times I have been applauded in life: graduations, at my wedding, blowing out birthday candles, and in 6th grade when I played the Cowardly Lion in the "Wizard of Oz" at a community theater. There is nothing quite like it, and I just felt so good.
I think we should all clap for each other a lot more often. You know how there are all sorts of emoticons like smiley faces and winking faces that you can type with? Somebody should invent one that does applause. Its not like I'm asking for a standing ovation, right? Just a way of showing how remarkable people are. Like the way I feel about my friends (i.e., you).