Looking back, it's hard to believe that I started this blog four years ago when Amanda was just starting out as a freshman at Norwich Free Academy and now here she is, on the verge of starting out as a freshman at the Montserrat College of Art. Once again I've got to ask the age-old question of "Where did the time go??" When it's quiet enough, I'm pretty sure I can hear it whooshing by.
When I started this blog I had no idea the amount of wonderful new friends it would bring into my life - some whom I have had the great pleasure of meeting in person and others whom I have only met through typed words but who are just as special to me. I've often heard people say that having one's own blog is very much a narcissistic endeavor but I am going to totally disagree with that as the people that I have met through blogging are some of the nicest, most giving, caring, sharing, and unselfish people that I have ever had the good grace to meet. Sure - those of us who blog write about our lives and the things going on in our lives but isn't that a major part of friendship to begin with? Sharing who and what we are with others?
Blogging has broadened my horizons tremendously and opened up so many new areas of my life; I'm very happy that I started on this journey four years ago and that so many wonderful people have come along for the ride. Thank you - one and all (well, except for the spammers!) for allowing me to be a part of your lives and letting me share my joys and sorrows, accomplishments and defeats, successes and failures with you for the last four years.
Oh ... and let's not forget my love of history and the pictures that sometimes go along with it! Having a blog gives me a chance to be a sort of Junior Tour Guide and share some of the great places I've found along life's travels. I may never actually be a travel writer but it's fun acting like one from time to time!
Speaking of which, I'm working on pictures and stories from Baltimore but until I can get my act together sufficiently enough to organize things here's a sneak preview of Miss Bee's hometown -
Here's to the next four years because - trust me - we definitely aren't there yet!