Joy Inside My Tears ~ Stevie Wonder
I've always come to the conclusion that "but" is a way
Of asking for permission to lay something heavy on one's head.
So I have tried to not be the one who falls into that line,
But what I feel inside I think you should know-
And baby that's you – you – you
Made life's history
'Cause you've brought some joy inside my tears.
And you have done what no one thought could be-
You've brought some joy inside my tears.
I've always felt that tomorrow is for those who are too much afraid
To go past yesterday and start living for today.
I feel that lasting moments are coming far and few between,
So I should tell you of the happiness that you bring-
Baby, baby it's you – you – you
Made life's history
Oh baby, you've brought some joy inside my tears.
Baby, you have done what no one thought could be-
You brought some joy inside my tears
This song was a salve, a healing image on which I could fixate my hopes and my heart.
This is just a speck, an insignificant blip of a blog that barely registers on the consciousness of the greater blogging universe. I am no Dooce (though I do admittedly have grandiose pipe-dream fantasies of gaining Dooce-like popularity to the extent that people want to pay me big dog bucks for some advertising space – any takers out there? Give me a dollar and I'll pimp your product). I'm just me.
I don't roll in huge numbers, but there is something to be celebrated here:
8 months, 3 days
98 feed subscribers
2000 comments? Granted, a few of those were comments that I made, but still – 2000? It's a number I stand in awe of. That number represents those of you who've walked along this path with me. You've offered your hands in applause for my successes and your arms in support for my defeats. Each and every comment had been cherished. You've made me laugh and smile in times when I had nothing but sadness. And that, my friends, is worth more than cash cow popularity. Of all the things you've given me, what I am most grateful for is that in my times of need, you've brought some joy inside my tears.
I feel as if I have accepted from you far more than I have returned, so I want to give something back to each of you – an opportunity for solicited and unabashed bragging. In the comments, leave me the link to your favorite post that you've
ever written. Tell me why you chose that particular post, and I'll make
a personal visit to read and I will thank you personally in your comments. Don't have a blog? Comment anyway, and I'll email my thanks to you. Are you a lurker? (I know you're out there, because though I've never counted, I'm quite sure that I haven't seen 98 different people comment here before.) Now's a good time to delurk and say hi. I want to thank you personally, too. To everyone, enjoy reading each others' best work. Maybe we'll all pick up a few more subscribed readers and comments, thereby inching us ever so slightly closer to Doocedom.
I've been watching my comment count closely for the past couple of weeks and have waited anxiously to hit 2000. I've had this post waiting in the wings for that marker, and also planned to send my 2000th commenter a special prize. My 2000th comment was dropped this evening, and the winner is <drum roll, please> ….
BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR <—–that's my lame attempt at a drum roll, but it simply must be there for proper dramatic effect…BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR…….
Tash of Awful but Functioning and Glow in the Woods! If you don't already know Tash (not know Tash? How is that possible?), she is a Smart One to get to know. Razor-sharp but open-hearted and warm, it is impossible to read this lostbaby mama's strikingly profound words and not feel moved and somehow connected. Ironically enough, yesterday she put up a post at Glow called "Thankful." I am thankful for you, Tash – thank you for being here. And yes – I do think you deserve a weekend. to. yourself. away. I am without plane tickets and a week's stay at a tranquil Jamaican resort, but I have a few things for you that are conducive to pampering. Shoot me an email and tell me where to send your package.
I am thankful for you all. Thank you for the laughter and the kindness and for being the joy inside my tears. *I thank you because you are.