Quite a number of people out there — many that I know, but also many that I don’t — wrote to me here, privately, on Facebook, and elsewhere to express their condolences on the death of my granddaughter, my first grandchild, slightly more than month ago.
For various reasons, I couldn’t respond then. (I can never respond adequately.) And then, as things began to settle down, I simply felt overwhelmed. So many people to thank. So many responses to make. And, frankly, I didn’t want to think about it. I was finally beginning to climb out of the abyss of grief, and wanted some time without looking back.
I was delinquent.
But I’m getting there. I want to reply to as many people as I can, individually.
In the meantime, I would like to thank as many as I can collectively.
Your notes and expressions of sympathy meant a very great deal to me and my wife.
I’m a Scandinavian by heritage, and not much disposed in any case to public expressions of emotion. So I was really surprised at how hard this one hit me.