I don’t believe the spirit of community is limited by geography. I’ve been reminded in the last couple of days that a community can be formed anywhere and by any means. Just after receiving the news of Melanie’s passing, I posted on Facebook and Twitter. I’m not sure of what possessed me to post on those two places. I believe it was the cyber equivalent of running the top of a mountain and screaming in grief. Looking back on it, I am a bit chagrined that I posted such shocking news on such public forums. I do not, however, regret it.
I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support that I have received. Old friends who I have not seen in years have offered their comfort and support. Virtual strangers helped me book my flight and offered to buy clothes and gifts for my late cousin’s daughter Aalia. This blog was flooded with comments. All these things have been made a tremendous difference. During such a difficult time, it’s good to know that so many people care about my family and me.
To my twitter friends, thank you for listening and making me laugh in the midst of the madness.
To my facebook friends, I know I haven’t seen many of you in years, but your kindness is still much appreciated.
To the readers of this blog, thank you all for your wonderful comments. I am touched by your thoughtfulness.
To everyone, if I have not yet acknowledged your note, email or call, please know that every gesture is cherished. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.