It's one year ago today that many of the folks here and on the DCMB for WW shared their prayers with myself and Kathleen for our little girl Gwen when she was sick in hospital.
Since then I've come to see out group as more of a community than a fanbase. The support online that has been given to Nicola and Gail and their her families over the past year, and to many others, affirms that.
I would like to personally thank everyone for all their support during that time. All of you who passed on kind thoughts and devoted prayers to Gwen were amazing. Sadly that thread has not endured and I seem to have lost the copy I took of it, but I will remember the feelings of love from those who posted for as long as I live.
With that in mind, I would like to invite you to share something about the members of our community that you value and cherish. There are many of us, and I know by myself I cant address everyone, but I will make a start.
To Gail for your compassion and integrity
Hobomystical for your support and caring
Aegis for you patience and virtue
Nightforce for your humility
Mart and Carol for your perceptiveness and intelligence
Jamesfreeman for your companionship in Tom-love
MinaRho for your creativity
Dianafan for your passion
Deltaheadband for your good heart
Nerites for the way you see beautiful things and bring them to life
Gaelforce for your sense of fun
Bound4Olympus for your curiousity and honest desire to learn more
Jaysinleigh for your wit
Maplecroft and TripleX for your devotion to your ideas
Femminemystique (we miss you darling) for your bold honesty
Hermaki for your dedication to making things better
4pointOh for looking for things to like
AndyMangels for your patience [they are in the mail, I swear] ;)
Lariatofhestia for your kindness
Hellacre for your friendliness
Gothamazon for being a good mate AND in the same timezone
Xeres for your sincerity
Flaneur for your tenacity and your eloquence
Coveredinbees for your thoughfulness
and Americanwonder for being such a good sport about losing all those arguments. Nah, I'm kidding. You are great and you never let me get away with anything, and yet are never nasty about it.
You and everyone else here have all come to mean a great deal to me. And I know that there are many more people here who deserve recognition and praise and I am sorry I cannot give it to you right this moment. But down under it is getting late and a little boy upstairs is having trouble sleeping and needs his dad to read a story to him, so please take up where I have left off and tell how much you appreciate each other. And I'll see you in the morning.