Instead of making a reply comment on the last post I decided to do this post. My reasoning is that I wanted everyone to be sure to see my heartfelt expression of appreciation for you all. It was truly touching to see everyone's comments and well wishes. Some shared their own stories. It's a testament to the sense of community that's developed in our blogging world.
I hesitated in sharing the experience of losing my grandmother. It affected me deeply but these things seldom affect others outside a small circle. That's not a negative commentary. Simply the way life is. In the end I wrote about it for a couple of reasons. One reason was for a sort of personal closure. The other reason was to reach out and share something that hit me so personally with some other human beings that I've come to be fond of.
That's really who's behind these blogs. When we call up the blogs on our monitors we see the words and photos lit by whatever makes our screens glow brightly. Real human beings sit at keyboards and bring these images to life. What we write is motivated by our humanity. The things that affect us, interest us, or even irritate us.
Some of you I have met in person. I know your faces and personalities. Like the whole group sprawled out in my hotel room in Bend. That meeting and the late supper is still a treasured memory. Whether I've met you in person or not, I know about you from the photos and your writings. We get to know each other's quirks along with a host of other personality traits.
When I read your blogs and your comments I see the humans behind it all. So many good hearts beating inside great people.
I just want you all to know how much I've appreciated the journey of discovery as I've been blessed get to know you all over time. My life is richer for your being in it.
Miles and smiles,