In traditional weather lore, if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and fails to see its shadow because the weather is cloudy, winter will soon end. If the groundhog sees its shadow because the weather is bright and clear, it will be frightened and run back into its hole, and the winter will continue for six more weeks.
Well, that is probably the best way to explain what I experience and why I "disappear" every so often. I stick my head out of my hole and become "frightened"... not because of bright and clear weather, but because of the cloudiness of this administration and the despair I feel over the situation. I see the continuation of "misinformation", lack of mainstream media coverage, and I hear the echoes of the still-bleating sheep ("Give Bush's plan a chance!").
So I just crawl back in my hole and try to find comfort in the safety of my home and the distraction of my family's needs and activities.
But fortunately, I am blessed with friends (old and new) who are supportive, compassionate, patient, informed, intelligent, and kind.
I want to especially thank the following for all that you have done for me:
Donna P., Julie F., AK, Janet G., Deborah and Leroy, Jessica, Paula E-H, LeeAnn H., Tara R., Wendy J., Cousin Caroline, and my daughter's own Mr. "T".
I could list even more folks but as I sit here at this moment, these are the faces who pop up in my head (except for Tara, who I haven't met yet!). I want to especially thank them today for their support through their e-mails, their kind words, and their warm hugs. I cannot tell you enough how your thoughtfulness has made it easier for me to go through each day...
Thank you for making a difference in my life.