For forty years my body has behaved perfectly. My nephew’s only did for fourteen. Within the last month, both of us have replaced worn out parts–him a tendon and me some jawbone.
My utmost thanks goes to the unknown donors who will make our lives–and our recoveries–easier.
My utmost thanks also goes to the known donors in my life.
I thank the writing community at AgentQuery Connect and the daily donations my fellow scribes freely give. The gifts of time, talent and even treasure are exchanged between individuals who have never met and likely never will.
Thank you, AQCrew and the beautiful site you have provided us. If it weren’t for you, I would never have met so many wonderful people I call friends. I wouldn’t have my agent because I’d still be debating whether or not I needed one. I also wouldn’t have the confidence I now have in calling myself a writer. You will forever rock my world, and I would give my firstborn son to you out of gratitude if he wasn’t turning eighteen in a few months.
I thank the Class of 09 for being the wonderfully supportive group of peeps that you are. As odd as some of us can be at times, we make a pretty stellar team when you lump us into one room. I would do anything within my power for any one of you.
I thank the newest members who join AQC every day in hopes of reaching their dreams. Your enthusiasm continually pushes me to be better. You might not realize it, but your donation to the community is invaluable.
Another thanks goes to my blogging friends. Connecting with you through your writing is always a joy. Seeing your successes and commiserating in your losses–personal and professional–gives me hope that the world really is a wonderful place to be.
Additionally, the comments I receive on my blog are some of the best donations around. Some make me laugh, while others nearly bring me to tears. They all bring me joy and motivate me to keep writing.
And finally and most importantly, I thank my family and real friends (as opposed to my imaginary, cyber ones). Your support is unparalleled. Even if you don’t know what an anthology is. Or should I say especially? Because despite not knowing how gruelling the writing process can be, your encouragement makes me believe in myself. I am almost more afraid to let you down than I am of disappointing myself.
Life is full of gifts, given to us in tiny, unimaginable ways. We don’t always recognize them for what they are, or appreciate them when we do. We take things for granted that we should cherish instead. Like our knees and our teeth. Like our ability to breathe and live life. We forget that someone, somewhere, has donated a portion of themselves to help make our lives easier and better.
So thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thanks for being you.