Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The End.

I guess I'm done.

Seven years and 940 posts later, I just don't think I have anything new to say.   Or if I do, it's not about grief and widowhood. 

Thank you all for reading along with me, for laughing and crying with me, for raging with and encouraging me.  I've met some wonderful people here, and you mean the world to me. Thank you for being a part of this little slice of my life.

The screen sits empty.
The words echo and repeat.
Time to say goodbye.

28 comments:

  1. Oh Alicia, you will be missed! Your words and thoughts have been inspiring. You are such a dear and have encouraged me so many times. But I understand. I thought I was ready to come back, but haven't written anything. :/ You are loved and may God bless you in all you do. May He continue to give you strength, courage, discernment as you continue the journey. Blessings to your sons too. You are a great mom! Much love always!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Beth! I will continue to hold you and your journey in my prayers.

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  2. NOOoooo!! :(

    But, I know what you mean about not having much to say, though. I have not written anything since October, even though mine is a family journal. I find as the kids get older there is less day-to-day stuff to write about.

    Think of yourself as a great author who is retiring. Even if you never write anything new here, your words will remain available to inspire and bring hope to new readers who stumble upon your words. (((HUGS!!!)))

    Love,
    Stella

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    1. I was actually thinking of printing this out for myself and then deleting the blog. But the stats page does show me that other people (presumably widows) find their way here and read through page after page. For me though, it feel like a book I'm done reading: I'm tired of seeing it on the coffee table and want to put it away.

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  3. Hi Alicia, why don't you say Au Revoir instead of Goodbye. Never say never again!
    I think you have plenty to contribute on other subjects.
    Thanks for being the first ever commenter on my earlier Blog in 2006.
    Click here for Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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    1. Was I really your first commenter? Remarkable! And was it really back in 2006? Even more remarkable!

      I did miss you when you stopped blogging for a long period, and I was so delighted when you picked it back up again.

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  4. Thank you for your writings. Best to you and your future. Will miss you.

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    1. Thank you, Janet. As I said in my comment on your blog, I wish we'd found each other's blogs sooner; we could have offered much support on the journey!

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  5. thanks for sharing your journey. I will miss reading your words. Keep taking good care of those wonderful boys!

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    1. That's my intent!

      If you ever start a blog, post here and let me know. I know that you are on your own difficult journey, and I keep you in my thoughts.

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  6. Thank you for sharing. I will miss your posts but I understand. Hug and best wishes always. You will be missed.

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  7. Hi Alicia,

    I'm saddened to read this. You've shared much on this blog, on many different topics, so your voice will be missed. I will miss it.

    Could this be a non-final end? Maybe you'll come back by starting a new blog. Maybe? That would be cool.

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    1. Thank you, Ray. I think if I do decide that I simply have to write, it will be in a new blog. But at this point, I am utterly lacking in inspiration and motivation, so I can't imagine what that new blog would be.

      But you and I won't be strangers: I'll see you on your blog!

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  8. I've been thinking about you a lot lately, wondering what you are up to. I'm going to miss you. I pray God's blessings on you and your family. :)

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    1. Thank you, Tamara. I haven't even been reading the blogs I subscribe to. But I promise to wander over and catch up on what I've been missing!

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  9. Oh my goodness - I missed this until my faithful Anonymous pointed it out (work is REALLY getting in my way). Please do leave what you've written up here, even if you don't blog here anymore: it is so eloquent and so important. Love to you!

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    1. And love right back! We'll be in touch, you know that.

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  10. I feel sad that your blog is ending, yet I also understand. The need to express and explore diminishes with time as our grief morphs into acceptance of what is. I know I felt a need to stop ruminating so I could be in the present of living.

    It has been an honour to share so much of your journey with you.

    Alice
    Who will treasure your words and companionship forever and always.

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    1. Your friendship and companionship have meant so much through the years, dear one. I'll be forever grateful to have "met" you on this WidowRoad.

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  11. Goodbye to your blog, Alicia - but I hope I will still see you around.

    CF

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    1. Absolutely! Your blogs are part of my regular reading list!

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  12. Alicia,

    I understand the need to move on... your words have always been so powerful. I think they will continue to play an important role in the lives of others.

    Peace!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. I guess I will leave the blog up, because people do continue to find their way here.

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  13. Yes, please be sure to let your faithful followers know when/where/if you start writing again, whether here or elsewhere. =) I understand completely the urge to not write here anymore, as well as thinking about deleting it; it *does* get old to see it on the proverbial coffee table after this long.

    Glad I have other ways to keep in touch, but know that I have always tremendously valued your insights, beautiful writing, grammar-Nazi tendencies, and guidance, both here on your blog and back on the YWBB.

    Much love to you and the boys!!

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  14. You are a writer, and while you may have said all you need or wish to on this topic, I have no doubt words will come looking for you in time. Every time I've "quit" blogging, it's happened to me. :) I've been at it for 10 years now. It's like the Mob...just when you think you're out, it pulls you back in again. ;) Please let me know where you land if you start blogging again.

    And thank you for being my friend and support. Hugs and love.

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  15. Seven years after my husband's death, I don't have much more to say about grief and widowhood either. You are brave to let it go...but of course, you've had much harder things to let go of in life! Thank you for sharing yourself here. I think your initial stories, especially, are beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, and helpful, and always will be.

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  16. As you can see, two months after your grand finally, I am just catching the news. I remember checking everyday for your wonderful inspirational and motivational words. I needed my daily fix. Guess we all come to a point when what needed to be shared has been shared and we find ourself wondering why do we continue. Thank you so very much for walking with us in our journey with grief ... your comments always reminded us that we were never "all alone". God bless you and keep your little family well.

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