It started out with E-dawg coming over to make lemon thumbprint cookies and listen to musicals and generally chat about stuff. I attempted to waltz and actually managed to make cheese puffs a la Alice Waters. I’m so glad I’m friends with Elaine. It’s been nigh on twelve years of knowing each other, and despite my being flaky and crazy and just generally not a good friend to have, she’s been there for me. Yeah, occasionally, I get annoyed with her insistence on cheap everything and stubborness but my gods, I’m the one who welches on months long plans, dropped out of school, and ran away from home (not in that order). Hopefully, I manage to actually BE a friend for her amongst my whirlwind of craziness.
Later, Anica stopped by with her very precocious sister to munch on my surplus of cookies. I do not remember being that smart when I was eleven. I mean, being the self-centered pre-teen that I was, I thought of myself as smart indeed, but looking back, I was not the hot shit that I was utterly convinced I was. Which tells me a lot about what I’m gonna be thinking of myself later down the line.
SciFi Friday on tonight with new Stargate Atlantis and Flash Gordon episodes. Then, someone on my flist links to the posthumous post of an American soldier who served in Iraq. The post merits its own post. In it, the blogger hopes that he managed to make some type of impact on the world, and it might have taken his last post but you can see in the comments and other links that he truly did. But like hradzka, the element of the post that stood out was the fact that the blogger was a Fan. Fans are loyalty, creativity, emotion, community, fanfic, squee, friendship, and a hundred thousand other words that create that spark which other Fans recognize and revel in. I’ve yet to meet a Fan who hasn’t enriched my life. And until someone proves otherwise, Fan is synonymous with good people to me. And that post just added to my faith in fandom and Fans. So here’s to all of us who know the joy to be had in space and alternate universes, where elves, aliens, and superheroes mirror our sorrows and loves. Where vampires grapple with humanity and humans grapple with monsters. Where Fans can find friends and family of the soul. Kindred spirits.
It may seem wierd to connect these two things; crazy imaginary worlds filled with the dangerous and ineffable next to the world of warm friendships and real, human connections. But I can live with being wierd. I can be proud of it. Because I’ve got Fans right there beside me. 🙂