I started blogging almost 2 and a half years ago. In that time, I have read some pretty amazing words. I have read words that have spilled onto the page like a tidal wave of emotion, humour, regret, sadness and anxiety. I have read words that have lifted me, inspired me and enlightened me. I have read words that I disagree with, words that I nod along to and words that have bounced around in my head for days afterwards. I have seen pictures and gained glimpes into so many lives, and I have taken inspiration and courage from all of these blogs.
But I haven’t always told the writer that was how I felt.
I leave comments. I try to leave a comment every time I read a blog, in fact, but sometimes life gets in the way. But I do try, now more than ever. I love blogging. I love reading them and I love writing them. I love the community and I love the friends that I’ve made. I will never regret the day I decided to sit down and create Ghostwritermummy. But I will regret other things.
I regret not telling certain bloggers how much their words have impacted me and my life. I have one specific person in mind. A person who I wish I had told how much I enjoy reading their blog. How impressed I was when her Facebook status came up this Christmas with details of the festive sensory box she had created for her baby daughter. How awesome her photos were. How creative her reviews were. How her journey and her incredible experiences of motherhood had moved me to tears more than once…
I never told her. I never actually took the time to sit down and tell her how fantastic I thought her blog was, and how honoured I ought to have been feeling to be allowed a glimpse into her life. I missed out on a friendship that is now very important to me. Which leads me to the title of this post.
The tuff spot. The tray that Jennie uses to bring creative and messy play to life. The tray that myself and several other bloggers have been inspired to order this week. The tray that means we will be living out a small piece of Matilda Mae’s legacy each day. We will be playing more. Laughing more. Loving more. Living more. We have been inspired by Jennie and her fantastic blog, her wonderful creativity and her generous spirit. So if you’re reading Jennie, know that the tuff spot is so much more than a cement mixing tray today. It is a symbol of how you have inspired so many of us!
From now on I am going to make sure that I tell more people that I care about them; that they mean something. That’s just a little bit of the legacy of Matilda Mae. I am also going to be blogging a lot more of our sensory play now that we have the ideal tray for it!