Friday, May 8, 2009

THE SAFE PLACE

Tonight I was having feelings of impending doom, hovering just out of sight. Phil and I went for a walk--that is often just enough exercise to snap me out of it.

Some of our neighbors saw us and came out of their house to talk. After we left another neighbor drove into the cul-de-sac and stopped to talk.

We had a magazine article to give to another neighbor but when we got there they had just received a long distance phone call from their son. "We'll let you go," we said but the husband stayed to talk to us for a few minutes. He was so gracious, even though we knew he wanted to get back to the phone.

We came home and I got online and checked blogs. Some are funny and some tell of suffering. Some bloggers are suffering and still they write funny. Then I remembered a quote I put on this post. I decided not to surf the feelings I was having.

I decided to remember my neighbors. I decided to remember my friends, to think of you, out there, connected to me via the Internet. I thought of your goodness, the goodness of my neighbors and friends.

I decided to think of my family--which I consider my greatest blessing--I decided to think of Phil, who is my rock and gave me the chance to have a family. I remembered my original family, the one I came from, the one that goes back and back through the generations. I decided that you--neighbors, bloggers, family, Phil, especially Phil--are my safe place. I know many of you love me. I know you want my happiness. And so I got some. Sounds simple doesn't it, but it's true. I thought of all of you and I got happy.

Thanks for being there, for hanging on through tough times, for helping others by sharing your stories, your photos, quotes you find, and the wisdom you have. Thanks for making me laugh. Thanks for sharing your love.

You are my safe place.

5 comments:

Laura ~Peach~ said...

amen sister :)

Tierney said...

I love you so much, Llama-Mama. Thank goodness my brother had the good sense to marry that lovely Hilly so I could have you in my life. I would be very mad if he hadn't (and I wouldn't even know why!). You are a safe place for me too.

xo

Shawn said...

What a wonderful sentiment....my safe place.


Its makes such great sense! I feel very blessed to have met you and know of your wonderful spirit--you are a beautiful daughter of God---and so talented to boot!

Annette said...

Just what I needed to read. Is there melancholy in the air right now? For some reason the same type of feelings hit me today, also. Reading your thoughts helped put it all in perspective. You are wonderful!

Supercool Hotmama said...

I feel the same way about blogging. Isn't it funny how close we can get to people we've never met, just because they let us into their lives? Hugs.