Hi there folks - On this last day of 2012, I wanted to check in and let you folks know how much a part of my life and pleasure so many of you have played this past year and previous years too. Looking back and thinking of the loads of fun that our swaps and get togethers are is such a good recall. Makes a person want to do it more often. New folks who get involved in the Mid Atlantic Gardeners group are always amazed at the caliper of folk found here and the goodness and kindness extended between ourselves. Of course, even we great gardeners and all around great folks are human and from time to time there are nerves rubbing against one another. For the most part, those few times things seem to go away quickly and on we go to something more interesting to think about.
I have a few folks here that I keep up through dmail and that way we can get to know one another on a deeper and more personal level. So many of you over the years have blessed and ministered to me during difficult times and when things are going well for me, I try to extend the same courtesy and "be there for" whoever is in the needy seat at the moment. That seems to be the name of the game...pay it forward whenever possible. I would hate to think back over the life I have lived and take the human support I have received out of the picture. There is no way that I would have survived some of what I have successfully survived if I didn't have the love and support of so many throughout the years. I am speaking back even before getting involved in Dave's Garden. I have always been fortunate to find folks in my path who have reached out with a hand of kindness and that has served to motivate me to not want to throw in the towel, go hide in a closet and never come out to face the cruelty which is often found in the world. Knowing that I have a kind and caring group of people who would be there just for the asking is a good feeling.
I thank each and every one of you who have ever said a kind word to me, or sent a pick me up gift through the mail, or any other gesture you have made in friendship fashion. I feel blessed to be a member of this group and to know some of the worlds greatest folks who happen to live on the East Coast of the USA. Thank you each and every one.
As a side note, my husband John lost his mother to death last Friday, December 21 in the early afternoon. The family had been expecting it for some weeks at that point. I know that so many of you know and care for John, so I wanted to share this with the group. Mrs. Watts lived a long, 94 years very rich and full life. I believe she would have told you that she left us knowing that she raised five dear and reason to be proud children and she was a true lover of the same interest we all have and that is of gardening and the pleasure derived from it. Before age took over with both of John's parents much of their time was devoted to gardening interests and many times you would find them attending tours or lectures in some of the Gardening Groups they were involved in.
I haven't been able to keep up much with reading or posting on Dave's recently but hope to be back full force soon. All of you mean too much to me for me to stay gone too long. I
will close this by wishing everyone a great new year coming up. I hope that it will be one of the very best. If you ever find yourself feeling low and wondering if anyone in the world cares about you...please remember that I am holding each one of you in a special place in my heart and think very highly of you all. God Bless.