In the past 36 hours, several things have surprised me....
First, my reaction when Kathy gave me the news of Allen's passing. If you would have told me even a year ago that I would have been sobbing when I heard that news, I would have replied that you were crazy. I give Allen credit for reaching out to me.
The response to my post of two sentences. As of the time I started writing this post, there were 19 comments all in support of me. I thank everyone for all your kind words and prayers.
I also want to thank Mike, Jeremy, and Suzie for the prayer request for me and my family on their blogs. And Suzie, aka Clean and Crazy wrote a very nice post for me. I just checked Jeremy's blog and he just reposted one he did in my honor several months ago. I'm very flattered by the prayer requests and also that CNC and Jeremy in posting the tribute posts made it a point to use a tiny bit of my blog language in writing these. Cliff Note, no they don't use the term "Cliff Note".
I also thank those who came over here at the urging of others to offer your support and your compliments of this blog. I've checked some of you out already and think you have some good blogs too.
I also thank those who left messages for me on Facebook and those who have emailed me. I can't say enough about my internet family. Ditto for those who read this, don't comment here, but will tell me. Mary Ann at work is a very faithful reader of this blog. She always tells me that maybe blogging is my calling. Brenda is another one. She reminded me via email that marching season will soon be upon us. She will always send me a message to lift me up.
Allen's daughter in law, Lynn is doing a wonderful job of tying up some loose ends. She wishes to have a memorial service for him in the near future, but is facing some opposition from some who have no business opposing anything. I have a post in draft that dealt with that issue. Posts like that, I leave in draft until I'm over the feeling. Then they're deleted. Doesn't do anyone any good, unless the aim is to hurt feelings. Not part of my mechanics.
Those who come here in the past couple of days, please visit again. I change direction here about as often as I change my socks so there's no telling what you might find here when you return.