Words are so inadaquate at times like these. But words are frequently all we have to express ourselves.
Hopefully you will enjoy a far more physical expression from MenWhoKnit in the form of the blanket Kyle has organized us to make.
Around the world people have been searching for the yarn, deciding on patterns, knitting their concerns and love, energy and thoughts, into eight inch squares; because you have touched our lives and this is the way we can show we care.
Many people have said that the internet is warping personal relationships because it "isn't real". That the virtual features allow people to mask themselves, and hide behind screen names and avatars, not having to deal with reality or the realities of 3-D interactions.
But over the years I have seen this isn't true. In various "locations" here and there on the internet people have gathered, usually drawn together by common interests of one sort or another. And in some cases these more or less random groupings of people coelesce into COMMUNITIES.
I think this process was vastly accelerated at MWK over the past two months; and in the past week or so this virtual group of knitters has definitely drawn together and become a worldwide community. That this has occurred is a good thing; the reason it has happened is most definitely "NOT a good thing".
I have no idea if the idea of hundreds of people you have never met worrying about you and caring about you is comforting or disturbing to you as a person; but it has happened.
Your presence at MWK has been, and **is** missed. But you are now, and I suspect will always be, a part of the community of MenWhoKnit.
KNow this. Believe this. May it give you comfort and strength.