I love this forum. Wonderful people and genuine respect and warmth. As a newcomer, I feel very comfortable and welcome.
This board is very supportive and informative. Helped me out twice last week (Borch Map, horseback tours)!
Many numerous times prior too.
This forum is respectful and nonjudgmental.
we do not make fun or treat people as imbiciles.
we do not lecture and almost all do not beat a dead horse ( which is a huge pet peeve)
we joke, kid, and are silly often, however we reserve those behaviors for those that "get it" and we all enjoy smiling.
the folks on this forum for the most part are kind and informative , just like aruba itself!
imo we are so much better than many families out there
I first joined the forum back in 2011 as a way to gets tips and advice on things to do for my next trip to Aruba. It soon became more than that, it became a connection with a wide and diverse group of people who I share a common undying love with for a special island in the Caribbean Sea. Checking the forum is something of a daily habit for me, be it for any new developments on Aruba, flight info, trip experiences, etc. It all brings a smile to my face and a boost to my mood which helps me to get through a long day at my job. Thanks one and all!!
It is so true. Many different opinions but all honest opinions. Group knowledge helps everyone. Just because someone has a different opinion, doesn't make it wrong, just different. Our opinions are shaded by our personal likes and dislikes and what we are comfortable with. That's what makes this board special. No one puts you down because you have a different opinion and no one gets mad about it. It is nice to be able to help or get help without someone calling you names. It is like an extended, functional family and I am proud to be a member.
I can't recall all the times I've said, "There's someone on the forum that...." and it has made me feel happy, sad, concerned, envious (mostly when someone is counting down their trip) or made me count my blessings.
But, this made me think: Those of you with kids that were born in the 90s will understand with me why the plethora of information we give out on forums and other social media sites these days is against what we taught our kids as youngsters. In the late 90s, early 2000s, when our kids were young and the internet and social sites were still fairly new, we endlessly preached to our kids: Do not give out your name or age, where you're from, what school you go to, where/when you'll be on vacation, the sport you play, your jersey number, your friends' names, your make of car, and on and on and on. We pounded into their brains not give out ANY personal identifying information at all. Here, we give names, a general idea of where we live, vacation times, employment info., etc.
That being said, we're a trusting bunch and it is nice to have a sounding board with people who probably don't have a stake in our dilemmas, but are willing to help and seem genuinely concerned.
I have often said "My friend________ on the forum....."
And, I met my husband online in the very early 90's so I get quite a bit of resistance when I tell my kids to be careful with their personal information and all the crazies online!
Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ