It's also easy to see that some of the most meaningful ones are right here on this site. And what my life here has spun off into. Only one POV is that on my Friendslist are people in eight or nine countries far beyond my own. Each of you is a blessing. Perhaps only two, Beagley and Twistpeach, were friends irl before Friends here, and also in the same location as me [theatre-related, of course!]; their number has grown.
I think it's cool that I just found out the political and religious refugees --- who first landed on this land, not far from where I'm writing this in Andover --- started out in ships from the harbor of Delft [Delftshaven], which was a very big deal in 17th-Century Holland and in the whole of Europe, much bigger than now. That's where my new 'permanent' address is going to be. I'm going exactly the opposite way from them, much later, and much higher. Into an unknown land. Well, almost.
According to the LJ stats this is the 344th post I've made in just short of 16 months and you guys have commented 1150+ times [well, you really haven't, I guess that counts my replies too.] I told Ki that I was apprehensive of flamewars and there have only been a couple of those, both before and after I started keeping my own LJ, so I guess that's good.
I've gotten a lot of thankyous, and given a lot. I've also been called vicious and not human. At times we have agreed to disagree. Par for the course? :)
My real blessing is that each of you has opened a window or two, or lots, into your own life for me to share --- which I would otherwise have never had. [There comes the eight-country thing again and the 'into an unknown land' thing.]
In whatever ways you'd like to define it, I've been able to share / help / grieve with / encourage you, in the ways that are your choices. And this runs both ways, you reflect these right back to me. Usually, often :P
On my desk right now is the first of my 'Santa's elf' gifts waiting to be mailed. That whole idea makes me *** very *** happy.
For some of you today is not a holiday at all. For some, it will be anything but a Happy thanksgiving. Your presences are strong.
And may your special comforts be, too. Friends in whatever shapes and forms and countries.
May each of us find the hope she needs and the changing life we crave.