Sorry about the gap in communication, y'all. Life rang my bell in the first round this week, and I had to hit my corner to regroup for a bit.
*ducks back under ropes and takes up fighting position in the center of the ring*
I promise an actual update on me at some point over the next couple of days - probably tomorrow, actually, since I will have been on my feet for a good long while at that point and will need the sit-down-and-rest-the-dogs time.
This, however, is not that update. This is (in my opinionated opinion) a much more important thing. This is a request for assistance - for donations - for help. Not for or to me. For a member of my found family, and for everyone else who struggles with what she has.
See, I have this truly marvelous friend named Nan. I met Nan and her husband a year ago and instantly felt as though I had known them all my life. Nan would take care of the entire world if her arms reached that far, in a way that would be neither patronizing nor martyred but simply, impossibly, kind and compassionate. Instead, she settles for being fabulous to as many people as she can get to over the course of a single lifetime and for taking care of as many of those as will stand still for a little love.
Nan is one of the good ones, you get me?
Nan is also one of the upwards of two million people on this crowded sphere who have multiple sclerosis.
She's had it for years. She doesn't care for it much. And she wants it gone - if not for her, then for her kids and her friends and her many, many chosen-family folk.
And I want to help her make it go. Because the world doesn't have so many of the good ones in it that it can afford to lose them, y'know?
So it's like this, cats: donate to the MS Walk in my name, in honor of Nan (and of my feet, which will be walking with Nan and others this Saturday in Rockville, MD)? And I?
Will send you a scarf.
Not just any scarf. An ORANGE scarf. To be more precise, an orange sQarf.
Orange for MS; Q for me; adornment for you; and the money for Nan and for everyone else who wrestles with this difficult disease.
I have paid for yarn (every skein of yarn involving orange within a twenty-mile radius, I am looking at YOU); my fingers are paying for labor; I will be shelling out for shipping. All you gotta do is throw any amount of money you can afford (and I do mean any) in the face of multiple sclerosis.
So. If you like and are so inclined, please do the following, for me and for Nan and for any other soldiers in this war that you may know: Check out these photos for pics of the sQarves.
Donate what you can here, on my individual MS Walk page (which should remain up and functional after tomorrow's walk, so don't let the timing stop you!).
Comment here with your snailmail addy - or, if you don't care for orange (and I join you in that, unless we're talking juice), the snailmail addy of the person you'd like to get your sQarf.
Sit back and wait for orange yarny goodness to come your way!
And thank you all most kindly.