Bruce, a dear family friend, recently asked me how it’s been since I started my blog.
“Have you enjoyed it?” he said.
At the time, I wasn’t prepared to reflect. I expressed myself in a way that didn’t at all convey what this experience has been.
“It’s been ok. People have been kind,” I said to Bruce.
As if the experience hasn’t been so much more than that.
The truth is the last six months have flown by and it’s been wonderful.
When I imagined exposing my small essays to the public, even family and friends, I was sure it would mean constant grammar and punctuation correction. Sometimes I change tenses in inappropriate places, and I don’t even want to talk about how full of conviction, yet convoluted, my logic can be.
But the critics have been kind. Those of you who have responded to posts and those I have met have been delightful, open-minded, and engaging.
Sally must have recognized Teddy one day when we were walking. We stopped and talked for a while. Sally has an infectious spirit, and she shared some of her adventures with urban wildlife. Now I look for her beautiful smile when I’m out in the neighborhood. Sally is just one of the amazing neighbors I’ve met and had a chance to talk with.
Claudia is a writer and introduced herself with a beautiful comment on one post. In an email she once described a colorful picture of chickens as a ” bouquet of chickens.” Claudia makes a wonderful Monday morning walking companion and she’s not afraid of the rain.
Writing about my dear friend Marlena and her lifestyle helped me to know and appreciate her even better than I already had. She was so generous with herself. It was a joy to write. Debbie generously spent a couple of hours filling me in on skunks – yes, skunks. I can’t wait to share her story!
Many of you have written kind messages. Every one of you has refrained from offering the good advice I should probably listen to.
This is my thank you. Thank you to my writing partner, Cindi, who encouraged me to trust you. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to read. Thank you for your tolerance. Thank you for sharing yourselves and reminding me that there are a lot of great people out there.
Please consider allowing me to write about your urban wildlife adventures. It will be a privilege, and I promise to be as kind to you as you have been to me.