I think we are all sharing in John (Going Gently)'s
sad news today. What an interesting but strange place Blogland is, isn't it? We gather together over the years a group of like-minded individuals with whom we seem to share views, we correspond almost daily, we laugh and joke on line together and we get to the stage where we feel we know one another well. And yet, in fact, we are highly unlikely to ever meet with a few exceptions. I expect, like me, there have been one or two fellow-bloggers who you have met - and certainly in my case, none of them have disappointed. All have turned out just as I expected them to.
I would hazard a guess that, of all John's followers, every one would love to meet him and spend time with him, laugh with him, share dog-walking with him, meet the villagers who we also feel we know well. Thank goodness that he is surrounded by so much good will at a time like this. He has his loving family with whom he already spends time, he has his dear friend in Ireland, where he loves to go to that exquisite cottage, he has all the villagers who I know will look out for him now, he has many friends - and he has us. And together we shall see him through this.
Make no mistake about it - a parting like this, where one half of the partnership wants to stay together, is not all that different from a bereavement. I suffered the loss of my dear farmer eighteen months ago, Sue in Suffolk lost her Col only a very short while ago and I know that I can speak for us both when I say - family, friends, blogging friends - every small smile, every small kindness, every quiet word in the right place at the right time - all helps us overcome. And I know in the long run it will be the same for John.
Today he has over three hundred comments - that is the kind of support he has. We are all behind you John. Stand tall, remember we are all here.
And, by the way, those animals will do their bit too.
Three cheers for Blogland and the good it can do at times like these.