Undoubtedly the best thing about my blog are the readers who comment or contact me with their thoughts. I appreciate that folks give up some of their time to read my blog and comment – I know that posting one’s thoughts, beliefs, and feelings on open blogs can be intimidating. Many of my regular blog readers and posters become quite dear to me, some even become pen pal-esque friends via Facebook and email – such is the beauty of the internet – they can be virtually anywhere.
My blog posts in a collection of local online newspapers in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, as well as on WDAY’s page. This is a function of the company that owns the whole lot of these papers/station – they share blog content. Over the years I have been amazed to learn that folks from all over the world have read certain blog posts that were reposted here, there, and everywhere. My mind is a pinball machine with a couple of malfunctioning paddles – this makes for a fairly eclectic mix of blog posts that have varying levels of appeal to different audiences. Many blogs are much more focused topically than mine and readers are likely comforted to know what they are getting each and every entry. With me, one never knows how one’s psyche may be scarred from day to day.
Today, I want to give a shout out to Tim – a reader from Wisconsin who regularly posts comments on The New Forty. Tim’s comments are thoughtful, insightful, and often offer fabulous musical and pop culture references. I really appreciate his comments and they typically generate a smile or laugh. On my most recent post about the card Lucy gave me he shared something that I felt compelled to lift for my own use.
Tim said (in part – see entire comment here): MY doggie kids have bad habits that are part of their charm. That’s why I always whisper, “You’re a good girl [kiss on the head] mostly.”
That comment made me laugh out loud. I do believe that is the perfect summary statement for Lucy and me – we are good girls…mostly. And truth be told, it is the “mostly” that counts. No one is perfect or infallible. It is the overall content of our character that carries us and gives us latitude for our quirks, failings, and faults.
Thank you Tim for all of your comments – they are enjoyed. Of note, I am going to investigate the beer import explanation you provided which I found to be a timely reminder of the fact that data presented without all the details can be misleading. “Mostly” only works in some situations.
Day one thousand four hundred and seventy-eight of the new forty – obla di obla da