I know there has been a lot of Woe. Misery. Despair. around here lately. You, Internet, have been great with all of your comments and good wishes. In fact, I have been surprised overall at how this whole "sharing my life with the Internet" thing has been such an overwhelmingly positive experience over the past few years.
One of the most surprising parts for me has been the friendships I have made with other blog people who I've never met in real life. They are people I have genuinely celebrated with and been sad and concerned for and also mailed photos of myself wearing baby bibs and hats in the aisles of Target under the guise of "congratulations on your pregnancy care package".
The lucky recipient of those rather disturbing photos (also featuring Melissa) was my blog friend Emily of Not That You Asked. Now Emily is asking for our help on behalf of her real life friends, who are facing something so difficult that I cannot even fathom it. Their little girl has cancer. As terrible as that would be all on its own, there are extenuating circumstances that make it financially difficult as well.
You all have been so incredibly kind to me that I wanted to at least pass this along and give you the opportunity to help out. You can follow the link here to read the story, leave a comment and/or make a donation on Emily's blog.
Thanks, Internet. And fair warning: perspective gained on the relative smallness of my current problems notwithstanding, it doesn't look good for things to get chipper around here anytime soon. Then again, if you were looking for chipper, what would you be doing here?