THE FROG POND - Thanks I Needed That!

(06/05/2002)

By Suzanne Mazer Stewart

This column is in response to all the good messages I've been receiving from you, the Readers. Now, I capitalize that word, because I learned a long time ago in school that important names should be properly capitalized. And to me, anyway, you Readers are very important.

I've heard from Atlanta, Michigan, Ohio, Washington, and Chicago, Illinois. I've gotten email from Australia, New Zealand, and England. Closer to home, there's a lady in Charleston that never fails to comment on my latest column. I never, in my wildest dreams, imagined that I could have an impact on that many folks from so many different places. It's just amazing to me!

All writers want good reviews. All writers want steady readers. All writers want their work to be appreciated and acknowledged. You, Mr. and Mrs. Reader, have done that for me. You've given me the confidence to reach higher, farther, and to try things I wouldn't have without your support. I've stretched, grown as a writer, since meeting and hearing from some of you. I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me.

We're going through a bit of a rough spot here in the Pond right now, and things are often hard to get through. I try to keep that sort of stuff out of my writing. However, I do write about life in general, and my life in particular, so I can't help but share a little. Now, I won't bore you with the details. Let's just say that sometimes other people just can't let anybody be at peace for long. 'Nuff said.'

What I want to say to all of you out there in Readerville is that I do so much appreciate your kind words and gentle messages. I even appreciate it when you correct me and give me advice. It let's me know that you care. I can't see your faces. I don't even know some of your names. However, I'm beginning to get to know some of you through your regular correspondence with me. Thank you for caring. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for being there, in front of your computer, allowing me to share my thoughts and ideas with you. If I've touched you in some way, inspired you in some way, made you forget about your problems for a few minutes, I've done my duty as a writer. I can go on, knowing that somewhere out there I've made a difference.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity. And thank you for letting me know.

You may contact Suzanne at
MSZFROGGIE@aol.com


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