As I mentioned at the beginning of yesterday’s post, I was going to be unplugging from everything for a day or so to find my peace with what happened earlier that morning. No social media, websurfing, instant messaging — nothing. I needed to be completely in the moment. To embrace the sadness willingly rather than be enveloped by it. As I’ve said before, sadness is the flipside of humor. And as much as I’d like to think I’m pretty good at the humor part, I’m also pretty good at the sadness part when the situation warrents it.
Yesterday definitely warrented it.
Today, I returned to the blogosphere and just wanted to say thank you; for respecting my need to shut down for a bit; the kindness you shared in the comments left on yesterday’s post; and the incredible number of shares my tribute to Shiloh received. Writing it was as close as I could get to sharing his warm handshake with as many of you as I could, in a moment when I needed to share it most — so that his warmth and goodness could in some way touch your life as it did mine. Thank you for understanding that, and for returning the handshake with the same kind of warmth. It made me smile for the first time since yesterday.
It was a fitting reminder that, though gone from this world, Shiloh’s handshake is still making me and others smile.
Tomorrow, I’ll back back in full swing (my apologies in advance) with a Thanksgiving Day post kicking off a holiday series called:
Ned’s Low-Cal Holiday Treats That Won’t Cause Vomiting
As some of you know, before I
succumbed to was fortunate enough to become a journalist, I was a chef for 15 years. In this new seasonal series, I’ll use my culinary expertise to offer tips on how to turn yucky, tasteless low-calorie holiday treats (fruitcake anyone?) into something delicious and healthy! And by “healthy” I mean not choking on sugar-free fig dip.
Again, you are among the many things I will be giving thanks for tomorrow…