Why am I saying this now? Well, this was brought home again to me last night in an email I received from another complete stranger. This woman from Tennessee told me "I wanted to thank you so much for your very helpful and fun website. There has been lots of death and illness in my family in the past couple of years so for Halloween I volunteered to host the marching band's party in an effort to cheer my daughter up. If not for your site I would've been completely lost."
After sharing some of her decorations inspired by my website, she went on to say "It just really turned out great and I have you to thank. Of all the websites yours was definitely the most helpful...Needless to say I'll be checking back in for the 2004 pics and recipes this time! Anyway, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
That I could be some inspiration to help cheer her daughter up after their family has had such a hard time lately really does make me feel like this is something worthwhile. Since I've heard such copious thanks from Brazil and Tennessee just in the past month, and from South Africa, Australia and the UK before, too, maybe I have more of a positive and far-reaching effect on others than I thought.