Return of the KngFish

May 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm (By Ron)

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The Walnut Room was the upstairs room of Drake’s a long-gone, long time Ann Arbor institution.  I got a chance to buy this and another sign from the place when they closed.

This post is long overdue. My housing crisis is over, and I now have a place to live. Now the point of my writing this is not to talk about how I did this and that to acquire this place. Rather, what I want to talk about here is you. All of you. You are who I have in the world. I am not a man of wealth, or family. What family I did have gave up on me years – decades – ago. My remaining living sister did not bother to tell me my other sister died 5 years ago. Is there a term stronger than estrangement? I need that term.

But why am I writing now? It’s simple….I’m grateful. That’s more than just a thank you; it’s not a single moment, but a feeling that carries forward into the future. What do I have to give you in gratitude? The best I can for each of you, and the best I can be for myself . I’ve failed at this in the past, primarily because I didn’t know I really valued in myself.

I have such a long list of people to thank, but no Oscar speeches, and no Hallmark card prose either.

I spent a lot of time thinking how to do this thanking, but I’ll break it to two parts: feeling and doing. Obviously, I’m a bit overwhelmed with feeling these days; relief, joy, surreality. If I could walk up and hug each and every one of you I would, with delight. But I simply can’t do that! Rats!

But the best way isn’t with feeling, it’s with doing. Fortunately, I have a lot to do! Health, wealth…a real home. That would have a lot of meaning to me. Ideally, I would love to have a large enough home to throw a large enough party to invite you all to!

For my friends who live in a different locale than I, what I want most is a visit where I see you in your own setting!

Those of you who know me for some time…I have a novel to deliver and I promise that will get finished.

I will be going back to the Y and working out every day. A car will be needed!

For now….let me just thank you all again for everything from emotional, to financial, to spiritual support.

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In front of the new fireplace and my Maxfield Parrish print of “Enchantment”

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