Possibly no other day this year made me appreciate the value of friendship more than Sunday did. It was my birthday. I live by myself (my husband passed away nearly five years ago) and my children are all grown and living successfully on their own (thank heavens) so it’s just me and the cats. I sat down at my computer to communicated with the world and was stunned by an avalanche of birthday wishes from my digital friends.
Over the years since I first became published I have grown my community of friends way beyond any number I thought possible. Some of you I have met and enjoyed every second of our time together. But the vast majority of you I have not. We communicate through Facebook or Twitter or some other digital platform.
Writing is a solitary occupation. Even though writers have friends they plot and brainstorm with, it’s still just you and the keyboard when you sit down to write. You hope and pray that your words reach out to people and affect the That you give people pleasure with your stories and that through that you will become friends with them. But of course it’s not a given.
So when I sat down the morning of my birthday I hoped that a few of you would remember the date and send me wishes. Wow! That’s all I can say. Wow! The flood of birthday wishes totally stunned and amazed me. And the digital cards. The pictures of cakes and flowers people took the time and trouble to put together.
I called each of my kids to share the moment with them because everyone who took the time to send me a note or post a message touched a special place in my heart. I am awed and honored that on a day when people relax with families and friends or have special events planned so many of you took the time to remember this special day for me.
So to everyone out there, thank you so much for your friendship. You will never know how honored I am by it or how my heart is warmed. Or how much pleasure I get from your messages and your tweets and your Likes. And of course, you support of my writing.
I wish you all lives filled with joy and the knowledge that to me, your friendship is one of the most priceless things in the world.