The blogs I recently posted about Dad's Alzheimer's and the conversation I had with Carol Burnett (still floating on air here) seem to have struck a chord with thousands of people across the U.S. who either have dealt with or are dealing with a family member suffering with Alzheimer's, or who love and respect Ms. Burnett as much as I. Or in many instances, people experiencing both. I've received emails, tweets, Facebook messages, and Google+ comments. And to be perfectly honest, I have no idea how to follow it all up.
When Rosie O'Donnell tweeted my blog out to her 700,000+ followers, it was hard not to think, "what's going to happen next?" I've been writing this blog off and on since 2005, and am just a few posts shy of 600 total postings. That's a lot of personal opinions I have shoved out into the world. Or as I have always told Kevin, "I'm just pointing things out."
It would be amazing if the (at this posting) 60,000+ people who took the time to stop by my blog this week would continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. But realistically I know that will not happen. Still, I continue to write because one summer many years ago, Dan Sullivan told me that "there will never be enough written material for the number of people who can read it".
I want to say thank you to everyone who shared their stories with me, as well as those who have wished love and luck to me and my family. And to those who have shed a tear or two upon reading what I've written, I hope the tears helped in your healing process.
And now as the hubbub begins to wane and my 15-minutes of fame clicks to 14:59, I can reflect on an incredible week - one where I "brightened a lot of days" as one tweet put it. Because it was never my intention to make anyone sad; this has been so joyous for me and my family and friends. I got to speak to my childhood hero, and people all around the country stopped to remember the people they love.
So thank you all for a great week. And Happy Valentine's Day!
|My awesome Dad wearing the pipe cleaner bifocals I made for him. |