What does it mean to be writing my 500th blog? In the first place I would not know it was a milestone number only WordPress (my host) keeps me updated on all sorts of statistics that I probably should pay more attention to. The thing that popped into my head was a massive jumble of photographic images of the parts of my life that I have shared with anyone who happened upon my site.
A lot of time has been spent making food, taking photographs, documenting recipes and writing general commentary on what I have observed in my life over the past 500 entries. Because I made it a goal to only write about events in a positive way, it has helped me see the good in the smallest things. I am glad for that, and will continue to see every day as a full-fledged opportunity to work hard on simply being happy. And yes, I am very aware at how corny that sounds, and that how some days are truly much harder than others, but there is always something to take comfort in if we would only take the time to look.
If I am forced to choose just one photograph from the thousands I have taken since January 3rd 2011 that epitomizes in some way what this blog means to me, it is the image below. It is my daughter being whooshed very expertly into the air by Tyler at Blair Vineyards, Pennsylvania, when a group of friends and strangers got together one Sunday for wine and lovely conversation (which prompted me to invite everyone to our house afterwards for dinner!). It was just an ordinary day, but when I saw Ide sailing into the air, it took my breath away, and I will never forget how she seemed to float for a few precious seconds. All I want is more of that.
I have no plans to stop cooking, or writing about food and my various outings. Why give up on a good thing!