This might seem more appropriate to November (when we in the US celebrate Thanksgiving) than June, but I think you’ll understand. I am going to be giving myself some time off this summer. I’m trying hard to not let blogging seem like work, and that normally happens on Sunday, as I try to prepare Monday’s post. Am I writing to tell you I’m not writing, again?
As the title implies, I am writing to say thanks. Thanks for the other portion of blogging – reading your posts, your comments and your replies to my comments. Those bits aren’t separate parts, they overlap in a funny way. If I wasn’t afraid of the Monday-math-backlash, I’d draw a Venn Diagram to illustrate, but…
I’m not going to compile a list of links, (you know who you are, and you may recognize others) but these are the things I’ve enjoyed the past few days:
- I’ve learned things I never knew.
- I’ve learned new things about things I know about.
- I’ve laughed out loud.
- I’ve felt sad.
- I’ve thought about friends I have lost.
- I’ve been reminded of silly things like scenes from movies I can’t seem to forget.
- I’ve enjoyed activity, vicariously through your activity.
- I’ve been made to think.
- I’ve felt hungry.
- I’ve laughed out loud. Wait, did I say that already? Well, it happened more than once.
- I’ve said “awwwww” (also more than once).
- I’ve listened to and enjoyed music I haven’t hear for a long time.
- I’ve been inspired (and I wrote notes in my ever-expanding No Facilities list in Trello).
- I’ve been angry and I’ve shared the anger of others.
- I’ve been encouraged.
And so much more. It’s a routine I’ve come to enjoy. I am reminded of a scene from Star Trek Next Generation when Commander Riker (standing with Counselor Troy) uses Lt. Commander Data’s own words to express his affection for Data.
“It’s just that our mental pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.
To which Data responds:
“Hmmm. I understand. I am also fond of you, Commander. And you as well, Counselor.”
So, I may not write much on Mondays for a while, but I’ll still be reading.
Enjoy the summer!