(In the picture, that's my son Alex in the background, doing his own blog-thing on another computer.)
Talk about your irks and delights. I was all fired up for this post earlier, then I went to a 90 minute yoga class and came back all mellow. (After more than four years, I'm finally taking advantage of Renard having me on his health club membership.) Then the air conditioning here at The Mom's House ceased to deliver the cold air to which we've become
I started this blog almost 2 years ago (July 24th) without any expectations. I figured it would prompt me to write a little more often and it would give me the opportunity to document little pieces of my self and my life for my kids to read one day (I keep copies of everything), and it would be an easier way to keep friends and loved ones updated on what was going on in our lives. It's served all these purposes and more, as I never really considered the possibility that friendships would develop through this thing. But they have. You can see them in the sidebar, under Deeply Beautiful Bloggers. Sadly, there are some missing from the list who have abandoned their blogs. One such is Lasciate, a blogger we met in person during the first few days of our evacuation. Aside from him and David Oliver (AKA Zaytuni, a name which he no longer uses but I keep because it reminds me of something funny), a New Orleans ex-pat and my friend since the early 1990s, I've never met any of the others in person. But whether I've met them or not, they all feel like family and I care deeply about them, just as I do about my other friends who I know in the *real* world and who drop in and comment here from time to time. I don't know how I would have gotten through these last 10+ months and kept my sanity without their love and care. Like I said, Deeply Beautiful.
And now there is a new and growing group of sidebar blog-friends who are My Fellow New Orleanians. I can't overstate the importance of this group to me. In these blogs I've found many kindred spirits who often express things that I feel but for some reason repress in these posts. They've provided lots of important information about things going on here at home and they've done it at times with utter seriousness, but more often seasoned with that sharp acerbic wit that makes the unpalatable truths go down a little easier. (The ugliness of politics and life here will still make you sick to your stomach, though.) One of the most important things that they've offered is their personal stories, perspectives, and experiences --all of which have given me the comfort of knowing that I'm not alone in what I'm going through and I'm not afflicted with madness either, as life here might make you believe. (If we're all afflicted, then it's the norm and we're not insane, right?) Thanks, y'all!
So, in closing, I salute two of the best of the New Orleans bloggers, both of whom just reached the benchmark of 100,000 hits. Congratulations to Schroeder at People Get Ready and Oyster at Your Right Hand Thief. Go check 'em out and you'll see why these guys hit the mark in a little over a year, compared to the likes of me with my measly 20% of that in 2 years. Excellent work, guys. You've really earned it.