We all cast a long shadow, whether we're aware of it or not. You will never know to what extent you have cast a shadow on other people's lives, either positive or negative.
The older I get the more I bite my tongue, reminding myself to be kind, be kind. This is really hard sometimes because the older you get the less patience you have.
You many never know what small kindness has made an impression on someone. Let me tell you a story. My friend's mother-in-law was an invalid for most of her adult life. Ond day while shopping my friend my friend picked up a greeting card and a small lapel pin and mailed it off to her mother-in-law. The pin was nothing special, just a bit of felt and beads.
Who knows what was going on the day that card and pin arrived. Perhaps it was low point. Years later when the mother-in-law died and they read the paper with her final wishes - she requested that the small pin be placed on her lapel.
When we write a blog we invite people into our homes and our lives. As my friend Vee pointed out, this carries with it a responsibility to those who enter in, share and care about us. During my abscence this weighed on my mind. I should have checked in and simply said, "We're all OK, I just need to take some time." That would have been the right thing to do. It's hindsight now and I do apologize for not being a thoughtful friend to you as you are to me.
I have some unbelievable news about the Other Mother, so stayed tuned. I'm off to see if I can hire the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.