Tuesday, February 7, 2017

How We are all Connected

I love food blogs.  Yup I said it.  And I really love to cook too.  But since I got this tiny new stomach, I try to eat less crappy stuff.  So I search the internet for decent food blogs.  One day I will give you a list of the ones I found and have actually made some of the recipes I have found.  But today is about just one of those blogs and the couple that run it and how the heck I feel like I became friends with them and inevitably grieve with them.

I don't know about you but as much as I don't like people, I also like to connect to people.  Well some people not all people.  And just as the kitchen used to be the main meeting place in all homes, the internet kitchen, or food blogs seem to have taken that spot.  I had found this blog called Pinch of Yum a few years back and really loved the recipes and the writing style of the Author.  Her name is Lindsay and her husband's name is Bjork and she even got this cute little adopted pup whose name is Sage.  Through her posts, mostly of recipes but sometimes of her life, I feel like I got to know these people and they seemed pretty cool.  Like I would love to have them as actual neighbors and all.

Anyway, so, I follow this blog and get updates on new recipes and all, when sometime during the second half of last year Lindsay announces she was pregnant. (you can read about it here - Baby News )  Now I am totally not into baby blogs or mommy blogs, I get that everyone thinks their kids are the cutest and coolest and smartest...I don't have kids so I guess I just don't get it.  But I was really very happy for them.  I suppose that's what all young couples want and by this point, and feeling like I "knew" them, I thought they would make really good parents.

Time went on, I still got my recipe updates, once in awhile she would blog about the progress of the baby and then IT happened.  On Dec 30 at a routine check up, something went wrong 😢 Uh Oh.

So Lindsey gave birth via c-section at like 26 weeks to Afton and unfortunately he passed through this mortal coil the very next day.

I have to say that this was probably one of the saddest stories I have very witnessed on a blog.  While I understand how heart wrenching this was to them they took some time off of the blog to re-assess life.  But I found myself checking the blog every day incase I missed something or just a word to know that they were ok.  Lindsay still writes about what she and Bjork are going though, and it kills me just a little every time I read her new posts.  I will admit, they choke me up every single time.  I would really love to reach out and hug them both, it's just so unfair.

But yet again I digress...

I think that these days with the internet, we are so much more connected to people that we would otherwise never know.   We learn from them and share our own knowledge be it through a blog or facebook or twitter or whatever other social media medium that you may use.  We are smarter and more knowledgeable because of the ability to be able to see into new places and connect with new people.  But are we open minded enough to accept the information that we seek, are we smart enough to know the difference between truth and fabrication?  Can we open our minds to new things and accept people for who and what they are without judgement or prejudice?   I know that I can...

Be good to each other because in the end, we really are all connected...