“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” – Henry David Thoreau
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” – William Shakespeare “Twelfth Night”
“Great men need great events.” – unknown author (although it might have been me)
Before this month, I fell squarely in the first quote category. Now I am honored to say I am one of those who has had greatness thrust upon him.
For those who do not know, I am a member of a club which was founded by a fascinating blogger, Margie, at As iAge. The club is aptly named “Never Been Freshly Pressed” and membership is very exclusive. There are only around 400,000 potential members. Margie was not only the founder, but self-appointed President as well. Earlier this month, Margie found herself in the embarrassing position of having been Freshly Pressed. According to the club’s by-laws (which exist only in verbal form), this immediately disqualified her as a member, not to mention her exalted position. Having few places to turn she asked me to accept the mantle of carrying on this huge responsibility. Without a moment’s hesitation, I picked up the scepter and I’m off and running.
I have created a new page on my blog which any of you, assuming you haven’t been previously singled out by the FP gods of WordPress, may read and use to apply for membership, if you so desire. Former members, who have had the misfortune of being cast out due to recognition by FP, may visit as guests only.
I would like to assure members that I will try my best to uphold the tenets of the club, which can best be summed up in one phrase: “For the few, Freshed Pressedness; for the masses, obscurity.” To this end, I intend to lead by example, as illustrated by the mediocrity of this post.
P.S. As added incentive to join, you may then display this seal of recognition on your sidebar. What parent wouldn’t be proud?