As a result, I would like to explain a little further just how the piece came to be.
On Wednesday morning, I was having a conversation with a friend before work. Our conversation ran through a gamut of topics, but, the one topic that really stayed with me was her grief about a life situation that had nothing to do with the death of human, rather, it was the death of a friendship.
I decided right then and there that yesterday's blog post would be on grief.
I never quite know how a post will start and end - my fingers take on a life of their own and I swear to you, sometimes I go back and read a blog and think to myself, "Holy Hannah - THAT was some good writing."
When I wrote it, I was not in a place of sadness, or despair, or anything remotely grief stricken. For all of you who sent me messages of love, I am sincerely and deeply touched. Because the fact of the matter is this - at any given time I might be filled with grief for a myriad of reasons.
For long periods last year, there were many days when I was bogged down with sadness. Gut wrenching heartache. It is a horrid place to be and I am grateful most of the despair has lifted.
I heard from so many people after they read the blog. I was especially touched to hear from people who have known me almost as long as my immediate family has. Beautiful, sincere, lovely, gorgeous words were written to me.
My friend Mary wrote a beautiful blog yesterday. I am honored, she quoted me in. Please read her words, they will resonate with anyone going through a period of darkness.
The topic of grief is one that is universally felt but not universally understood. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the post; we are all in this crazy thing called life together. We are all doing THE best we can with whatever our circumstances are.
And of course, since it's Friday, let's dance away our blues.
Dance away the blues, baby now
When you really ain't got nothing left to lose
Dance away the blues