I read and reread all of the responses on my blog, Facebook and the private emails. I would love to respond to them all individually but a group message will have to do as there are not enough hours in the days to say all that is in my heart!
I have absorbed all your thoughts and suggestions so they will be with me and I am going to print them off so they are close at hand if and when another human tornado blows through.
I laughed at some comments and cried over others. There is something to be said about knowing we are not alone. Although I hate that you too have experienced the ugly side of humanity there is comfort knowing I haven’t been singled out. It sure makes me think and I will try to not take it so personally. I feel so strong today, like titanium and if anyone walked in the door and started in on me, my tank is so full of "sass" I’d send them packing and holler, hope the door hits you in the arse on the way out!" Well, maybe I wouldn't say that but it's fun to think I could! I'll definitely be thinking it though!
So bless you all!
Yesterday the universe sent Santa to me. I needed a ray of sunshine and sure enough, I had a smile you could see for a mile. Silly really, how a man in a long, white beard, red shirt and hat that says Santa can make you feel like a child again. All those wonderful Christmas stories and recollections engrained deeply in my memory all came to the forefront. It was just what I needed!
Mr. and Mrs. Claus were so lovely and sweet, I almost got a cavity. Santa was definitely jolly but smaller around the girth than I remembered. Mrs. Claus said he's lost a bit of weight so she's had to sew padding into his suit. The happy couple are retired from the North Pole and living in Atlanta Georgia where they do wonderful deeds for children, especially those in need of a little Christmas magic. They touched my heart and I gave them one of my hooked Cone Santas to add to their collection of festive decorations. Mrs. Claus also bought a kit because she fell in love with hooking and said if she lived around here she would be hanging out at the studio with all us gals.
I also got to hang out with Kay Lewis at our daytime hook-in. We chatted about life and I think maybe we were twins that got separated at birth. A kindred spirit for sure! So after the bad came the good. If only it would stop there but I know there will be other trials. I hope to handle them better, I’ll keep you posted.
The hook-in gathering was small but mighty. Patsy dropped by, Teresa from next door and her friend Kay. It was a great afternoon.