So on one of my last trips home, my dad and I were discussing blogging. He said, "I see Karin is on your blog... how did that happen?" I had to laugh. This was not a slight at either Karin nor I, but we didn't really hang out much when we lived in the same town, and we were a few years apart in school. I would, in fact, say that Karin had a closer relationship to my parents than to me.. So the question was valid. "We just found each other".
This sparked a long discussion about how the sense of community has changed. My blogging community, many of them with public blogs listed to the right, are an amazing coming together of friends, family, and friends of friends who I have grown to regard as friends of my own. Many of these people I haven't seen in 10 years. Yet, through this seemingly self-obsessed act of talking about ourselves and having people read our musings, we have reconnected in an extremely meaningful way.
So I'm a sap. I romanticize nearly everything in my life and inherited the Polyanna spirit of my father. I get excited about the littlest things and when I do, my hands go up into the air and I kind of dance around in a silly little jig. My heart does that when I think about you, my friends, my community. And I thank you.