For those of you who don't know it, I have an editor. I call her Peaches, because she's sweet. Her father died Easter Morning, and I mentioned that in a previous blog entry. She wanted to say something to you all.
A Note From Peaches :
I've been meaning to pass this on to Bob for a few days now, so he could pass it on to all of you, and I'm finally getting around to it...
I want to thank all of you that have kept me in your thoughts and prayers for the past week and a half, especially those of you that have sent your kind words of condolence. The fact that so many of you took the time to offer your sympathy to a stranger is making me feel pretty good about the human race right now. And that, more than anything, is very cheering.
My father was a wonderful man and I will miss him terribly. There has never been a moment in my life when I was not proud to be his daughter and I wish I had been able to find the words to tell him that while I still had the chance. The fragility of life is something that we are all aware of in a peripheral way, but most of us rarely take the time to bring that concept into focus. Because, really, dwelling on your own mortality is hardly uplifting. But it is very important that it not be entirely ignored or forgotten.
I know you've heard it all before and I'm not one for spewing cliches, but as I have been so recently reminded, I feel the need to remind others as well...live life to the fullest, live every day like it could be your last, etc. etc. Tell the ones you love that you love them EVERY DAY, more than once, and tell them why. Tell your children AND your parents that you're proud of them. Hug people. Kiss people too. Do what makes you happy and make sure your life is as fun-filled as it can be. Fuck well and often. Embrace your sense of humor and never be afraid to laugh at yourself. Don't waste time being embarrassed. Learn everything you want to know. Meet everyone you want to meet. And never be afraid to reach out.
I also want to thank everyone for being so understanding about the fact that I was not able to edit the last half of Bobby's latest adventure. Bob and I will get to it eventually and the chapters will be reposted fully corrected. Take it easy on him in the meantime. He's an old man, he needs my fresh young eyes to catch all of those mistakes for him.
I'd like to thank all of you too. Your outpouring of love made me proud of you.
And ... just for the record ... I had to edit one whole word in her note when I posted this.