- Ray Kinsella: What are you grinning at, you ghost?
- Shoeless Joe: "If you build it -" [gestures toward catcher, who is Ray's father, John Kinsella] "- he will come."
- Ray : "Ease his pain. Go the distance." It was him!
- Shoeless Joe: No, Ray. It was you.
But when I ask God... "Should I continue to blog? Is it a good use of the time You have given me?" He cuts to my core... and asks... "Sheri, who has really received the benefit of this blog?" And it was me!
Two years ago, during what I affectionately call "The Dark Night of My Soul," I began to journal in earnest. I have always been a journal-ist per se... but to journal now became to heal. So, transitioning to blogging was not that great of a leap for me... except for the fact that the world-wide would now be able to read my thoughts. How to keep my words true to my thoughts without being misunderstood... or offending someone... or revealing more than I should... that was the challenge. Many a night, I have woken up and reworked my blog after having posted it... having given way to my anxiety of the thoughts of others.
When I reflect on the words I have written... and pictures posted... I realize... that blogging has affected me... more than I realize. I have connected with bloggers who have passions like mine... or who love to craft... or who share reflections that I have never thought of... I have learned more about being a good friend (Friendships of Women)... about grieving (My Beloved Soul Mother Ruth)... and about my pleasure of gardening (My Garden)...
But I couldn't have learned all of this... without you. Those who blog... and those who post comments... and those who encourage me face to face or e-mail or via phone or snail mail... and especially those of you who give me material to blog about... unbeknownst to you! And so to offer a little token of my endearment towards you... I am having a giveaway... If you're interested leave a comment on this post and you will receive your very own ILG hat. For those of you familiar with my blog... you know what I am talking about... if you don't... then ask me...
I'll be going on a little trip soon (details to follow), so I'm going to keep the drawing open for a little while... until April 16th. I know some of you only check my blog every couple weeks or so... and I want you to be included!
- Annie Kinsella: If you build what, who will come?
- Ray Kinsella: He didn't say.
- Ray Kinsella: Hey, Dad... you wanna have a catch?
- John Kinsella: I'd like that.