Today hit me out of the blue. Sheila and I went out, ostensibly for lunch — but it turns out that the community has been plotting. She ended up spiriting me off to a secret location where she’d hidden a box the size of my first apartment. And in the box lay an array of gifts from community members that just stunned me. I’ll be taking pictures and putting together a page showing the gifts, which were, one and all, wonderful. And Sheila took pictures of me opening them, which are guaranteed to be gruesome because I am one of those people who takes terrible pictures, but which I’ll post when she sends me copies.
I’ll be sending out individual thank-yous, but in the meantime, I’d like to give an awed and heart-felt thank-you to all of you who participated in this. It was an amazing and wonderful surprise. I was sitting on the couch fighting back tears. Thank you for caring, for noticing that things have been difficult, and for doing something so wonderful in response.