Because I’m going to be more wordy than usual.
For almost a year, a giant elephant has been standing in the room, taking up precious space. He started out rather small. But as the months went by he grew and by January he was enormous. My hope and intention was that you never noticed him. Not because I like keeping secrets. It’s because I wanted this to be my safety zone – a place where I wasn’t allowed to talk about the ugly thing that was consuming my life. Now I can talk, let it go and move on.
Last year we learned that Mr. W’s employer (I won’t tell you who but it’s the largest soft drink maker in the world) was planning a huge company restructure – another way to become leaner and meaner…during a recession. To make a very long story very short (and in an effort to avoid bashing the largest soft drink maker in the world) they did and his job was eliminated. During a recession.
To say we’ve been terrified would be an understatement. As you’re well aware, there’s a reason they call my vocation “starving artist”.
The stress of this secret along with my mom’s passing in January has been unbearable for us all and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Luckily whenever I was in full panic mode Mr. W held me up and vice versa.
Why am I talking about it now?
As you may suspect, Mr W is going back to work soon and we will be moving away from Atlanta. Can’t say exactly where to yet. But when the location is etched in stone I’ll spill big time. I’ll bring you along on the house hunts and the decorating. P.S. It’s my turn to pick a house and I prefer the older ones with more character. 🙂
A message to you:
This blog means so much more to me than business. It’s become a bright, warm, inspirational spot in my life and now I can finally tell you what your unknowing support has meant to me.
The saying goes that you never know the effect you have on another person’s life when you offer a kind word, a visit, or sweet gesture. Your presence alone can save a person’s life. From the bottom of my heart, thank you dear friends. You were angels and you didn’t even know it!
Now let’s move on.
P.S. If you’re going through this and would like someone to talk with discreetly – someone who’s been through it – just give me a shout.