It wasn’t until the other day that I made the connection. I was talking to the Lovely Wife about my father passing away 3 years ago. The anniversary of his passing is in late February. He died from brain cancer.
was an extremely painful time for me and my family.
I won’t get into it, but I will tell you I wouldn’t wish his suffering
and what cancer... that…that….”evil” is the only word I can think of…what that evil did
to him and my family on my worst enemy.
Anyway, the Lovely Wife and I were
talking about him and I said as an aside that I couldn’t believe it had been 3
years since he died. I had a moment of
déjà vu when I said those words, but I wasn’t sure why. Then later in the day I was taking some
pictures of cards for a blog post and realized I’d recently said something
about not believing it had been 3 years since I started The Adventures of Napkin Doon early in March
It didn’t make sense to me that
something as painful as my Dad’s passing and something as light and fun as
starting a blog about baseball cards could have happened exactly a week apart. I figured I had it wrong- one of the two
events must have started a year earlier or a year later than the other, and they couldn’t have happened
essentially at the same time because I don't remember being in any sort of mood for fun and games for several months after his passing. For long
time followers of this blog, a mistake in calculations like that would come as
no surprise (for example, I said that I would wrap this up today, March 4th
since it was the three year mark of when I started. I looked the other day and saw that I
actually started on March 2nd .
But both events did happen close
together. Now I’m not going to play pop
psychologist, and I hope no one else does either on this, but I have to think
the timing is not a total coincidence.
Please don’t make the mistake
of concluding that perhaps I’m letting go of the blog because I’m somehow now
finally able to let go of my Dad’s death.
I’ll never fully let go of that event, although I can handle it better these days, which I guess is what happens with time and life moving on. I’m simply shutting down because it feels
like the right time to do it. Nothing
more, nothing less.
But hey, I don’t mean to take
this to a dark, sad place. This blog
has been a source of great joy, and it's been a pleasure writing it!
Mostly, that joy stems from getting to know you folks and I’m so appreciative to those who have followed, read, commented,
played “words with friends”, traded and
laughed with me these three years.
It’s the end of the blog, but it's not remotely close to goodbye because
I’ll still be around, hopefully chiming in on your blogs more often now and
tweeting pics of cards I think people would want to see.
“Let’s see if this thing goes anywhere.”
That was the first sentence of
my first post that I think about 4 people read.
I wrote about why I collected and showed my first real card of
significance as the first picture of my first post:
Look at that. These are fantastic things, these baseball cards.
This will also be the last
picture of my last post, which somehow helps close the door for me.
Where “this thing” went was
much different and much more fun than I ever could have guessed, and I one hundred
times thank you readers/friends for that.
See you soon and Happy Collecting!