This is not the post I had in mind for today. However here it is. I could never have imagined how this crazy world of blogging would impact me and the relationships that would develop. I remember stressing for months trying to get the nerve to start a blog. Pushing the publish button on that very first post was terrifying. What would I say? Who will read it? How much will I share? What if no one reads it? And probably a hundred other concerns.
However, the last thing I considered was the multitude of positive things that would be introduced into my life. I follow a variety of different types of blogs, including a few related to caregiving for Alzheimers. Sometimes you just make a connection you cannot explain. One blog in particular sparked with me. A daughter as primary caregiver to her Mom. Her Mom reminded me of mine. We shared experiences occasionally. Maybe 3 or 4 emails a year but we seemed to be able to relate to each other's experiences.
Today I received an email letting me know her Mom passed away this weekend and she attached the obituary to the message. As I was reading it I noticed my face was wet - a few tears rolling down my face. Dorothy's fiesty nature reminded me of Mom, I realized I had developed a bit of an attachment to her. And more than that, I was so taken back that in her daughter's fresh grief, she thought of me, a virtual stranger, thousands of miles away.
I guess the point of this post is that you just never know how you will impact other people. Which post or line or comment will make a difference to someone. Who will you make a connection with and why?
Dorothy's daughter and I shared a common experience and we occasionally shared our thoughts and opinions. We understood each other's issues. We asked each other the same questions.
Please say a little prayer for Dorothy's family tonight.