|The sun sets Friday in Hudson, Maine, as a box of letters awaits the mail truck's arrival about a mile away.
A small box full of best wishes, affection, admiration and love is now winging its way to the U.K.
I mailed the parcel of more than two dozen notes to Richard Armitage on Friday afternoon, with the help of the lovely Rose who figured out the best shipping method.
|The Hudson Post Office on Friday
For myself alone, my life has irrevocably changed in the ensuing weeks. The very next morning, Dec. 10, my mother nearly died from the sudden onset of pneumonia. She is now fully recovered, but the following weeks were quite difficult, as many of you know if you followed my Twitter feed. While we watched Richard revel in more interviews and the last premiere, life was swirling about. And then, last week, as I awaited the arrival of the last letter from across the globe, I lost my job. (All is well and if not, then I will make it so.)
How could I not, when they were written with such depth of emotions? Because for me, this fun event ended up sustaining my spirits and reminding me that I can find the light in the darkness as long as I don't give up.
"I've found it is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay … small acts of kindness and love."
|Richard Armitage in Toronto
And because you all were so generous, there was much more money available than needed for postage, to the tune of $50 U.S. (Due to conversion, it looks like $49.99 on the page here.)
I didn't ask, but I decided to give it all to Childline, one of Richard's Just Giving charities. Why? For this: "ChildLine is the UK's free and confidential, 24 hour helpline for children in distress or danger. Trained volunteer counsellors comfort, advise, support and protect children and young people who may feel they have nowhere else to turn."
We all need somewhere safe to turn to.
So I thank all of you for keeping this unexpected journey - of which we are all on - filled with camaraderie and hope.
And may Richard read our box of letters in good health.