Blogging is a curious thing.
Sometime in the next few days, I will write my 200th post on this blog. I began with few expectations and occasionally, wonder why I am here (online)? Of course, I have loved looking at all the outfits…learning from each other’s style talents…and following the wisdom of so many. What has surprised me though, is how close I feel to women I have never laid eyes on!
Blogs are similar to a favorite novel. There are characters that I love and want to read about day after day. And there are some women I have made a deep connection with on levels I never thought could happen in a platform such as this. I guess I should not be surprised… stories are told of those who wrote letters and grew to love each other through those letters like Julia Child and Avis DeVoto.
I have followed one of those love stories on Judith's blog, Style Crone. When I read her words last night that Nelson had breathed his last breath, I was devastated. My heart began to ache and carries that ache even now. I have never heard Judith or Nelson’s voice, but somehow, feel as though I have. I can hear them giggling privately over a candlelit dinner in the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs….I can see them laughing during photo sessions as he was her photographer…I can see her sitting in quiet fear staring at the Rocky Mountains as she patiently waited through each chemo therapy treatment. Through her words, I laughed, cried, and felt pain along with her. I feel as though this amazing man with the 100-watt smile was my friend and that the world has lost someone incredible. Yet, I have never seen him anywhere other than her blog.
A couple of bloggers have discussed the fact the Style Underdog recently returned , but is not taking any comments on her site. Some think her care free/ no fuss plan for blogging is attractive. But, I would have to say, I think that is the primary reason we are all here. To connect. Laugh together. Discuss fashion together. Encourage one another. And feel each other’s hurts when the awful happens.
Yes, blogging is a curious thing.
Please keep Judith in your prayers.
|Judith's sweet Nelson|