When I started this blog four years ago, on May 2, 2004, I never could have imagined what lay ahead for me. I have experienced so many blessings, so many benefits.
I suppose the first blessing was that writing began to draw me out of myself. You see, I used to be very, very shy. That's right, me! I almost never shared anything of myself with anybody, not even my family. I was so closed up. My Dad still asks me how I blog the way I do, and I tell him I don't know!
I guess the next benefit I obtained was that I received a little confidence from learning a few computer skills. Imagine, I had never used a PC up until that point in my life! When I saw I could do it, it felt good!
Next came meeting other bloggers online. Some giving, some funny, some fabulous, some intelligent. Some all of the above. Wow. I became fast friends with a lot of new people. Really special people.
I wanted to stop for a minute and mention a pet peeve of mine. I hate it when people say, "I have my real friends, and then I have my online friends. I love my online friends as much as I love my real friends."
Well, that's nonsense! Online friends ARE real. What do these people think online friends are? Fake? Not real people? They are people! Just because you can't see them everyday, doesn't make them any less real! They are flesh and blood people, LOL.
These are bloggers I spend my time with. We read each other's blogs and leave comments. We email. Sometimes we IM. Some I have even talked with on the phone or exchanged snail mail with. But that doesn't matter, whether I have talked with you on the phone, or not. Each of you are very real, and you know you are! And each of you is SO precious! Okay, enough of the rant!
Okay, I need to rap it up soon, but I want to say that the most special thing about you all is what I have received from you. I have received friendship, comfort, and support.
I won't ever forget about the two or so years when John was going through the bone marrow transplant, and the complications afterwards. I won't forget about the cards and letters that came in for him and me. EVER. For those of you who sent, you know who you are. John and I will NEVER forget. He will never forget the presents you sent him, so that he could have a good stay in the hospital and make it through his bone marrow transplant. Items poured in. He was so humbled. He had what he needed. He took it all with him. Some of the things were practical, some were sentimental. Each thing, and each card meant more to him than you will ever know.
And still, even after the bone marrow transplant was over the cards came for a couple of years, from all over the world, while John was recuperating in the hospital. All I can say is, you all are the best.
There is so much more I can say, so much I left out. But for now I'll just end with this ~~~
Thank you all for being part of my blogging experience. And that includes you also, my dear new readers.
Love you all,