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How do I love her? I can't even count the ways. But I find it remarkable that someone who I know is having not-such-an-easy-time-of-things herself right now, always, ALWAYS, finds it in her heart to reach out to others.
Whether it's a well-timed IM session or phone call, during which, lately, I invariably whine and gripe and moan and cry (VERY uplifting for someone dealing with her own depression, Belinda--way to go!), or a well-timed surprise package full of Canadian goodness, she just never, EVER fails to make me feel SO much better. That's a skill, folks, and the blogger-hating that's going around right now...all I have to say to you people participating in that, is that you are seriously missing out on the beauty of community and love that is just here for the asking.
And it doesn't end there for me right now. Weeks ago, I got a beautiful "Get Well" card from a dear, dear friend from my "we all had our babies in the same month" email list, that for some reason got buried in a stack of mail but then touched me so much that I cried when I finally found and read it. This is the same friend who organized, among the wonderful women of that wonderful group, a gift to my church's building fund in my father's name when he died, because that was a driving cause of his.
A couple of weeks ago, I was just kind of randomly blathering about the dress code at Bella's new preschool, and how most of her clothes were not going to be appropriate (dresses have to fall to the knee or below, etc.), and seemingly without even thinking about it, Carmen sent "a screaming mass of adorable dresses" our way! Wow!
Erin S. and Ian sent us the first-ever dog-show prizes won by Ryder, the show pup they bought from us. I cried. (This is becoming less and less unusual.)
Both Erin and Mr. Fab mailed hard copies of the "Floridian" section of the St. Petersburg Times that contains my "Barnyard" post that they printed.
And just tonight, as I poked around looking at backlinks, I found two that just made me so happy, I couldn't stop laughing, smiling, and then getting all choked up, but in a good way. First Lauren, who NEVER answers comments on her Epistolary Blog, honored me with my VERY OWN EPISTLE which addressed some burning questions I'd left in her comments. This made my day in a way I can't even describe, and I laughed and laughed, and even let her address me as "Belinda Arkansas." And then I discovered, upon seeing a couple dozen links coming from Miss Zoot, that Margalit had guest-posted on that site, about me. Wow.
And there has been more, over the last few days, but I've just become overwhelmed. Thank you, everyone. Embrace this wonderful community that we have created, and enjoy the support that it has to offer. Don't WASTE your time on sites that you don't ADORE. Life is too short. I will never understand why anyone would waste a single minute reading, much less taking time to complain about, a site that they don't appreciate. I REALLY DON'T. If you're one of the people doing this, stop it. (Although I seriously doubt that any of my readers are among this odd crowd.) Read things that edify you, that support you, that embolden you, that empower you, that please you, that touch you. If something's really great, let that writer know. Otherwise...why bother? Really? There is just so much love and friendship here.
Don't be a dumbbutt.