Oh my goodness! It really has been three years - I wrote a note yesterday and said it was about three years, but I honestly didn’t look at the date!
Well, you’ve all officially got me in tears, lol. I’ve been feeling like I’ve not had enough time here at Passions lately, and have been missing my morning reads so much while peeking out from a mound of office work, and look what I found on a morning when I actually had part of the day at home (working, but at home) before heading in to the office! You wonderful people just know how to make a lady’s day!
Thank you Ron, for thinking of me, and for such a lovely note. Yes, I DO love statistics, lol, and had you not worked that all out for me, you know what I’d have been doing next, rofl. You know me well, and I’m so glad of that.
Oh boy, you’ve got me thinking and reminiscing now. Little did I know 4 years ago, when I first found the main site and submitted a few poems, what wonderful things would follow. So many friendships … so much personal satisfaction … and so many people whom I’ve come to know and love so dearly through the main site and the forums.
You are a wonder, Ron … and are included ever so sweetly as one I’ve come to know and love. Whatever I am able to give back to this community and to everyone I’ve come to know here, I am so happy to do so, for I am the one who has gained immeasurably by being a part of Passions. Working with you these last three years has taught me so much about myself and my own world - even outside of Passions. It’s given me room to grow, room to think and to be creative, room to voice my opinions without retribution, and simply an avenue to learn and to participate in such an incredible community.
I owe a great deal to you, my friend … more than I could possibly say. Thank you Ron.
OK, now I can’t go back to work without thanking each of you individually …
Temptress: Thanks so much for the kind words Jenn. It’s been wonderful knowing you these past few years as well.
Nightshade: The feelings are mutual Chris … I happen to think you’re pretty wonderful yourself.
Poet deVine: It really is a welcoming site and I found it so easy to fit in when so many people have the qualities that I am drawn to Sharon … you are one of those who has those wonderful traits my friend.
Midnitesun: Awwww, thank you for that Kacy. On the days this rock doesn’t feel too solid, I always know I can come here to shore myself up. You and everyone here are a blessing to me.
Martie: I think I’m the lucky one Martie … knowing people like you as been one of the things I have always loved and appreciated about Passions.
Balladeer: Knowing you, and writing with you is a forever highlight for me as well Michael … thank you for all the inspiration you have brought me through these years. I have enjoyed every moment of knowing you. (ps … I think I hear a duet calling me now …)
Local Parasite: I love mushy, and you’ve given me a great big hug over these internet lines Brian, that has me positively lighting up like a Christmas tree. You are a very special young man … one whom I admire for many reasons, both for who you have become over these years, and who I know you will become in the future. Some day I will definitely say “I knew you when”. Thank you for taking the time to let me know all of these wonderful thoughts. I am so very appreciative to hear this.
Larry C: You have touched my life as well, Larry. To know your strength in overcoming such difficult times has given me pause to reflect time and time again on how precious life truly is. You are an inspiration to me in many ways. Thank you.
HopeS: It’s amazing how far we’ve come since 1999 Hope, and how far the forums and main site have grown. Thank you so much for the kind words.
Sunshine: Me and my statistics, lol. If you knew how many I’ve been piling over in the last 48 hours for the office, you’d know why this was so absolutely delightful to read this morning. Thank you for the beautiful flowers Karilea … and for being such a wonderful friend.
Nan: Awwww … now how’d you know I’d need a pinch, lol? You know me well Nan, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Your friendship is a treasure to me … I hope you sincerely know that.
Southern: You have always encouraged me with your lovely comments, Ruth … and this is no exception. Thank you for such beautiful thoughts. * S *
Marge Tindal: And you are the “gentle spirit” of the circle, my friend. Thank you for always being an inspiration for me as well. Huglets back to you.
Enchantress: Thank you so much for this Nancy … now if I only had more time to give, you know I’d be here and reading like the old days, lol. Soon, soon?
JP: What a lovely thing to read, JP … many thanks to you for letting me know.
Regards2You: I would like to add my sincerest thank you to you, Pat … I am very appreciative, thank you very much.
MistleToe Angel: You are one of the sweetest people, Noah. Your enthusiasm, optimism and vivaciousness just bubble off the page, and I am ever so grateful to know you too. Thank you for these very beautiful words. I’m so glad you stayed and found your niche here within Passions.
Earth Angel: Thank you so much for these beautiful words. I am so very appreciative, truly.
OK, now this lady’s going to have one more cry, and then I’m off to the office. Thanks so much everyone. This has come at a time when I really needed some hugs … and your words were them.
With much appreciation to all,