Please ‘bear’ with me – this is going to be a longish post. I’ve not been replying to your many, encouraging comments because my time at the computer has been somewhat restricted. I will explain why.
A few months back, I went for what I thought was a routine eye checkup, only to be told that I had cataract in both eyes! After the initial shock – at my age, etc (!) – I was quite cool about it. (Incidentally, I’ve been told that it’s nothing to worry about and many people in their thirties and forties have cataract these days). Two weeks back I had the first of two surgeries and all has gone fine – just that I still have a problem adjusting to the new lens until I get my new spectacles. Next week, I hope to have the second eye operated and am looking forward to enjoying reading and writing again.
One of the things I learned was that I could schedule blog posts in advance so as to be published in my ‘absence’ – worked great. However, I’ve been unable to acknowledge your many comments, responses and all the encouragement, for which I’m always grateful. So I’m starting today to respond – my apologies for the delay.
Through this blog I’ve made some really good connections – so many of you write blog yourselves that always inspire me to continue. Some time ago I found a poem which I published – here’s another one – quite similar, but equally nice. It’s just a thank you from me to you dear reader.
Lord please bless my computer

God, thank you for the many things
You’ve done for me today,
And please bless all our children
And watch them on their way.
But God there’s just something
I must ask you to do,
Would you please bless my ‘puter
And keep it working too?
I know that’s not a normal request
As it’s just a piece of metal
But if you’ll listen just tonight,
I’ll try to explain a little.
That metal box that’s sitting here
Holds more than odds and ends.
Inside those small components
Are hundreds of loving friends.
Some I have not seen before
Except upon my screen,
But we have talked and shared a lot
And they listen to my dreams.
The kindness that they give to me
From this box that’s sitting here,
Is the friendship that I treasure
And to me that’s very dear.
Some I do not know their name
It’s just ID’s I see.
But you see God, all these people
Mean the world to me.
Sometimes we see their name flash up
As they connect to ICQ.
And then we know that we can share
Our troubles many or few.
When we are sitting at our desks
It never seems to fail,
A little icon then comes up,
It says that “You’ve got mail”.
It is by faith I know them
Much the same as I know you.
I share my life and they with me
So if its ok with you….
Please take a little extra time
From your duties up above,
To bless this little hunk of steel
That’s filled with so much love.

Thank you once again.