The Great White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum), which has been the avatar of this blog from the beginning—because it grows wild in my woodland, and because I admire and prize it.
Five years ago today, I published my first post on this blog. Where have the years gone?
During that time, I've graduated kids from high school and college, experienced rewarding career changes, traveled to destinations I never thought I'd see, and encountered many other significant life events.
These five years have been rewarding—personally, professionally, and spiritually. Like any five-year stretch of life, there have been joys, sorrows, frustrations, and rewards.
But some of the biggest rewards have come through this little blog.
Because of this little blog, I see the world in an entirely different way than I did before. I'm constantly aware of the little miracles around us—every moment of every day. Those of you who observe and track living things—through blogs, columns, journals, or other methods—know what I mean.
In addition, and beyond my expectations, this little blog has opened doors that weren't even on my radar five years ago—making friends with people on six continents, learning about hundreds of new plants and hundreds of gardening techniques, meeting numerous blogging friends face-to-face, and many more opportunities.
These new friendships are the most rewarding aspect of all.
Blogging hasn't become old, boring, or drudgery for me yet. I perceive that I've just begun to get the hang of it, really.
I have no idea how long the run will last, but as long as it does, instead of blathering on, I'll sum it up in two words: Thank you!