Just had a technical problem. I published this earlier today. Just a few minutes ago, I was fixing a typo I’d missed. I somehow messed things up…the piece I had posted just disappeared…Long story short, I managed to restore my earlier draft, and I’m publishing it again here. Unfortunately, some of the comments and likes I’d received already seemed to have gone missing also. So sorry, folks!
Today, I’m celebrating one year of this blog. Cue the confetti and balloons.
Nah. But I did check my stats and was stunned and amazed to learn that people from at least 47 countries have visited this blog. Many are places I might never get the chance to visit. Some I’ve been to. I know people here in the US who are from some of the countries on this list. Others, I’ve lived in; the United States, Israel, and Ireland.
It is humbling and wonderful to take a minute and be excited about how great some things in life are. Being able to connect with people all over the world is really a GREAT thing. I’m happy to be a part of a community of bloggers who are reading and writing in all corners of the world. I follow quite a few and while I never get to read as much as I’d like to, I’m inspired when I do and am happy this forum exists for all of us.
I realize this is a long list, but I want to thank every single one of you who’ve visited me here from:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Viet Nam.
Some flowers for you:
I just reread my first post. It seems like it was yesterday. Much has changed. Much remained the same.
Thank you for signing up, reading, commenting, and sharing this.
I’d also like to welcome and thank the newest subscribers and likers!
Many of you have encouraged me and lent an ear or kind word. Your support and kindness often arrived at the exact moments of my self-doubt, exactly when I needed them most. I’m sending virtual hugs and more flowers and hope you’ll like what’s coming in the next year, too. Things will probably change a bit. I’m not sure exactly how.
I’ve been playing around with the themes and design, trying different things. I haven’t written my ABOUT section yet. It’s on my list to do this year. And I still don’t have a nifty, catchy title for this blog. I can rename it. I’m thinking about it. This is an ongoing work in progress.
I recently upgraded to no-ads on my site, so you shouldn’t be seeing any more. If you do, kindly let me know. By the way, I’ve been very happy here at WordPress. When I’ve got a question or need help, the support staff is responsive and helpful.
When I look back, I see that the main topics I wrote about were: Max, our relationship, things we learned from each other and our experiences, feelings, a variety of social and environmental justice concerns, bullying, violence and gun control, art, writing, creativity and other life stuff about getting along in the world.
A dear friend and fellow writer shared this with me way back at the beginning of this blog. I use it as a kind of mantra when I get stuck:
“Stop worrying if your vision is new
Let others make that decision
They usually do
Just keep moving on.”
—Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George
Just keep moving on.
I’ve been watching out for color (it helps when I get discouraged). I watch in awe as Max gets bigger and brighter. There is wonder everywhere I go with him. I’m thankful to be able to see the world through his eyes. It is both scary and safe. Dark and colorful. Fast and slow. We share a deep love for ice cream sundaes.
I’ve been thinking about this new phase we’re going into; Kindergarten and public school. The other day, I bumped into the parents of one of Max’s preschool friends and we had one of those on-the-run-morning-chats. The dad looked at me and blurted out, “Honestly, I’m afraid of Kindergarten. Afraid of the whole thing.” I was delighted to hear this, and said, “Yes, me, too. Let’s be scared together!” Then we laughed and the fear evaporated for that moment. I love moments like that. YES! You’re not alone. I’m not alone. We’re laughing.
I truly believe that the connections / friendships / relationships we have with each other are what make life worth living, worth fighting for, worth “Just keep moving on” for.
So, thank you to my family and friends, both near and far. And to you, Dear Reader, wherever you are, thank you!
Love & peace,
“The thing that is important is the thing that is not seen…”
—The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery
All words and images copyright 2012 Elana Halberstadt except where noted.