As Old Man 2010 and his scythe are about to fade out, I am reminded of two bloggers who have passed on this years and two bloggers whom we have had the pleasure to meet.
It looked somewhat promising for Barry when he had his final cancer treatment last February. We and the kids went out in the backyard and rang our bell as he was ringing the one at the hospital that signalled the event. Many around the world joined in.
Surprisingly, suddenly and sadly, Barry passed away five months later. He is missed …
… as is Pam
… who passed away last April after a long and difficult journey with ALS.
Both were remarkable and courageous people. Sometimes the good do die much too young.
In brighter news, Cuppa and I were fortunate enough to meet bloggers this year. Mary recognized me in a cheese shop from my many blog photos. You see? My pictures do come in handy from time to time.
Finally, we met Dale and Colleen when they dropped in on their visit to Ottawa.
Dale doesn’t blog anymore but he did so for a number of years, and we’ve kept in touch on Facebook.
He has made his way to the capital several times now, but we had never managed to connect. This time, when I read of his impending visit on Facebook, I invited him to drop by, and sure enough, on the very day I received a call that they were nearing us and had the time to drop in and say hello.
I was home at the time and Cuppa was babysitting, but I headed over there too, and shortly after, Dale and Colleen were ringing the bell.
We enjoyed a nice visit over coffee and Christmas baking before they continued their journey into the city.
While we miss Barry and Pam, we are pleased to have met Mary, Dale and Colleen. We have enjoyed connecting with Bloggers from time to time, whether it’s meeting for the first time in real life, visiting with Lorna and Dave again, or receiving a cook book from Texas, a calendar and a Christmas card from The Netherlands and yet another Christmas card from California.
Thanks for being a blogging friend in 2010, and we hope to “see” you often in 2011.