Monday, October 12, 2009
Lori at Family Trees May Contain Nuts is hosting a writing challenge. She asked us to write about the nicest thing anyone has ever done for us. Please make sure and stop by http://www.familytreesmaycontainnuts.com/ and read all the beautiful and touching stories. And admit it folks, Lori has got to have the best blog title, period and amen!
I am blessed with family, friends and co workers who are always there for me when I need them, so I had a hard time choosing the nicest thing. I decided to write about the first thing that popped into my head when I read about this challenge. It was not only one of the nicest things, it was the most unexpected sweet surprise I could ever receive.
We all know how special some of our blog friendships become. If someone had told me a year ago that I would feel so attached to a group of people that I've never met, I would have thought they were nuts. But truly, you are all some of the kindest, most supportive people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. This was really brought home to me last June. We have made an annual pilgrimage to St. George Island Florida for a family get together for 11 years. I was feeling very down because too many things conspired to prevent our making the trip this year.
I had recently started following a new (to me) blog - Shellbelle's Tiki Hut. It really struck a chord with me, and Rhonda is just a doll. Imagine my surprise when I woke one morning and saw this blog post from Rhonda.
"On my first OW I posted a photo of my Blue Heron buddy at the beach by my house and received wonderful responses. One in particular came from Kathy over at Emptynester, in which she stated that this would be the first year (in 11) that she would not be vacationing on St. George Island, Florida.
Well, in a follow-up post, I wrote that I would write her name in the sand at low tide as her promise that she would be back next year. Kathy responded with "We WILL be there next year as God is my witness." AND, she said this in her best Miss Scarlett voice, so I know it is true.
With that said, and as one not to go back on my word, I grabbed my camera a few days ago and headed to the beach. So this Outdoor Wednesday post is dedicated to Kathy, my new blogging friend, but it is also for everyone who has gently stepped into the lives of others through blogging.
Okay, Kathy the Gulf has claimed your name and is waiting for you to fulfill your promise to come back next year!"
Honestly, isn't that the sweetest thing you've ever seen? I admit, I sat at my computer and bawled like a baby when I saw this. Such a sweet, caring thing to do for someone she had never met. But I think "beach souls" know each other even across the miles!
Thank you again Rhonda for being such a dear. And thank you Lori for hosting this wonderful event.