Tonight, I am sad. This is not my typical Sunday night emotion. But I have come to love Blogland, seeing it as a kind of magical kingdom for storytellers. I have dreamed about a place like this since I was in first grade and published my writing by laminating Crayola-ed construction paper and binding the sheets with metal rings.
Tonight, my chest is tight because I keep finding that more friends have been hurt by the fallout from a battle they never wanted to take part in. But this morning, there was a bright light, and it warmed me a bit. The glow was cast by Rara, she of the dinosaur-sized heart, and she reminded me of what eventually soothes the wounds of all conflicts: community, and the love held therein. Rara, thank you so much. This is what we all need, after last week and every week.
On Friday, I received a phone call. Someone I had never met reached out to thank me for writing. Those simple words touched the core of me, and following in Rara’s immense footsteps, I want to pass on the hope and wonder of those words to you, my friends. You have inspired me, uplifted me, and made me laugh and think. You have given me your most precious gifts of stories and thoughts. Because of you, I believe that friendships made online can be every inch as real as the ones forged face to face, because in many cases, blog friendships are forged soul to soul.
I originally wanted to share links here, with sentences telling each of you exactly what you mean to me. I wanted to thank you all individually for your particular voice. I imagined that my admiration for some of you would catch you off-guard, and I thought what a happy surprise that would be. But then I realized, long and warming as the list was, its very nature invited exclusion to this community celebration. So instead of tagging specific bloggers, I will simply say this:
Thank you for writing. Thank you for making my world bigger and brighter, tale by tale. Thank you for persevering, for being brave, for being honest. Your humor and perspectives are lusciously beautiful, and I am better for reading your words.
If you can find a small way to share some love this week, please use your words to that best possible end. And always know someone is very glad you are writing.
With my love,