Daffodils for Gather on My First Anniversary, 7 September 2012
I invite you, dear Gather friends, to celebrate with me today my First Anniversary on Gather.
Can I see your hands clapping “Applause, applause”?
Well, thank you, thank you so much. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my presence on Gather as much as I have enjoyed yoursJ)
It is Spring in Sydney, so with this bunch of daffodils I wish to express my warmest thanks for your friendship, which you showed me through sharing your stories, poems and photos, and by giving me constructive feedback and loving support, thus inspiring me to continue with my artistic work.
It may come as a surprise to you that before joining Gather, I would scribble something once in a blue moon. I can’t believe that I’ve written over 25 poems in the last year, as well as a few stories, all as responses to challenges by very talented and dedicated GWE co-ordinators and Susan Budig’s Mindful Poetry prompts. Over 25 poems may not seem much to those who are as prolific as mushrooms after rain, but writing doesn’t come easy to me, it never has. At least, I know now that I’m not a hopeless writer and that I can produce something readable if I put a bit of effort into the process of putting down my thoughts on paper.
I’ve also enjoyed photography, which I took up only a year ago and have learned so much from the many talented photographers.
There’s one problem, though: TIME. There never seems enough time to see all the photos, read all posts and then comment. Also, it seems to me that Gather’s technology is quite slow. It is very frustrating when my comment takes ages to get submitted. That’s my only grudge… But I’ve come up with a solution: while waiting, I get up and stretch my limbs, or, if I’m tired, I just shut my eyes and meditate!
Now, however, is the right moment to raise our glasses and shout three cheers for Gather!
P.S., If it hadn't been for Boris Glikman, whose work I greatly admired on Facebook, I woudn't be on Gather today. Thank you so much, Boris.
© irina dimitric 2012