Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Imagine that I have a huge cattle ranch that I blog about daily.  Let's say I have a guest house I'm remodeling, and I want some feedback on how it's going to work out when I actually have people come to stay in it.  
Imagine that I invite you, my blogging friend, to bring your family and be my guests.  I feed you scrumptious meals; you and your family are invited to ride my horses while you're here.  
Maybe you didn't have a good time, but you certainly seemed quick enough to accept my hospitality.  
So let's say back at home, shortly after your stay at my ranch, you announce to the world in your blog that you infested my guest house with head lice.  
Later on, you begin to criticize my blog because it isn't as funny as it used to be; you may be right, but is that the way to treat someone who welcomed you into her home?  
Then you go on to make fun of the book I wrote.
That's betrayal.    
I think such behavior shows a total lack of class.  But maybe that's just me.  
No, this didn't happen to me, but I can certainly imagine how I'd feel if it had.  
"Class,” by Ann Landers
Class never runs scared.
It is sure-footed and confident.
It can handle anything that comes along.
Class has a sense of humor.
It knows a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations.
Class never makes excuses.
It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes.
Class knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of small, inconsequential sacrifices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money.
Some wealthy “blue bloods” have no class, while individuals who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it.
Class is real.
It can’t be faked.
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.

Class can “walk with kings and keep its virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.” Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because that person is comfortable with himself.
If you have class, you’ve got it made.
If you don’t have class, no matter what else you have, it doesn’t make any difference.

As an afterthought, I'd like to tell the world that I've always considered my sister to be the greatest example of "class" I know.  


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do hope it didn't happen to anyone...I love all my blogger friends and think they are the greatest. I never stay any place I'm not least not for any longer than I have too. I don't talk about why or who and I think you are a classy lady and I think I am too.

ms martyr said...

I wish I were classier but as you know I've entered this fray, probably too enthusiastically. Guess I feel compelled to defend the blogger under attack even though she most certainly doesn't need my assistance. I think I'll follow your lead and leave my thoughts on my own blog.

Rachel said...

Good post, Mom. Classy.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you. And that's all I'm gonna say about that!

Lindie said...

I was very disappointed to read those blogs and very surprised also. I thought they were friends. Shame on her!

Paula said...

I'm not even going to say what I think about a person who would infect someone's place with headlice and then brag about.

Anonymous said...


Does somebody have a rift with Ree? If there's some info concerning Pioneer Woman on a website would you share it with me?
A few years ago, you shared with your readers her website. I visit her blog often thank to you. I didn't go to the book signing in K.C. I wanted to read from afar. I don't live an exciting life per say. I do love my family and my church family and thats good enough for me.


Donna said...

Gabrielle, lots of jealous people have bad things to say about PW in their blogs. I prefer not to publicize the venom they spew. This particular person really bothered me because she spent time at PW's home. You will never see Ree putting others down; keep on reading her blog!

Anita said...

Wow...Scary...You can't even be safe in blogland.

Donna said...

Don't worry, Anita; that particular blogger can take the criticism. She won't even acknowledge the criticism.

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Everything that you described it just beyond my comprehension/understanding. I just don't "get" this personal

And, yes, keep reading PW.

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee

Maybe it's not personal attack -- guess I was thinking about the cookbook... but whatever it is....I hate it for all involved-- I always liked both.

Lindie said...

I think if you are a good cook you will like Ree's recipes. Personally, every one I have tried has been happily received and enjoyed by all. I wish the manager of that book store had caught her and stopped her from hiding those books. How mean of her. Other than that, I met Ree and she has a good heart and probably still wishes her the best. Ree still ended up on the best selling list ! :)