It’s one o’clock in the morning and still 92 degrees in Dallas.
I know some of you were expecting this post to be the conclusion of “The Bonnywood Embassy”, what with that “to be continued” teaser, and that is coming, but I wanted to share a personal milestone with you:
This is my 1,000th post on Bonnywood Manor.
Granted, as some of you know, I’m guilty of re-posting older material, so there might be a bit of quibble with saying I have made 1,000 “fresh” posts. But even when I recycle, I always review and I almost always make changes, some of them considerable. I seriously consider every post, striving to make sure that even the revisits feel current, hoping that no one feels “cheated”.
I knew this milestone was coming, obsessive as I am about stats and tracking spreadsheets and whatnot, and I spent a few nights in bed, lying awake and wondering what I should do for this post. Should I do a mammoth Past Imperfect? Should I do a “best of” list? Should I reshare my first post, ever? Should I bring back Ellen DeGeneres for yet another encore? Should I do a twisted allegory concerning a kumquat that just wanted to be loved?
In the end, none of that felt right. But this does:
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for coming back to read more.
Thank you for the liking and the commenting and the sharing.
Thank you for lifting me up on the days when I needed it. And the days that I didn’t.
Thank you for letting me rant when I just had to get it out.
Thank you for being kind-hearted people who understand that we are all flailing humans, hoping for better.
Thank you for being a friend. (We’ve traveled down the road and back again.)
(Thank you for putting up with the unceasing and obscure trivia. It’s in my DNA.)
Thank you for tolerating the multi-part stories that I never finished, the story suggestions I embraced but then never did anything about, and the overall randomness of what you might find next on this site.
Thank you for looking the other way when the jokes fell flat, because I know they sometimes do.
Thank you for the honest conversation that many people are missing in their lives. If only we could all speak the truth, all the time. Long road, but there is a light…
Thank you for understanding that accepting diversity is the key to the future.
Thank you for helping me look forward to that future.
And thank you for helping the little Oklahoma boy find his wings.
Categories: The Journey