Spotlight: Till we meet again . . .By Sharon Brown (Sharon) on February 20, 2012
|Change is inevitable, whether we like it or not. Sometimes it's good to step back, take a look, see where we've been and where we're going. We think it's time to do that now.|
It’s been nearly two years since we turned our first Spotlight on Dave and Trish, March 29, 2010. Nap and I wanted to create a happy place where we could all get to know each other. I think we did that with the Spotlight articles.
It has been fun wandering into your lives, learning about you, getting to see different faces and different places and putting a smile with a name. We loved getting to know you.
And we loved the comments from our readers, many of whom have been very faithful over the past two years, leaving comments that made us smile.
The best part of this venture for me has been working with Nancy, I guess I’ll always call her Nap. But that name is deceiving, let me tell you, I don't think she ever sleeps. She doesn’t have time. The only regret I have concerning the two year Spotlight run is that she never let me interview her. I learned a lot anyway. I’d like to share some of that with you tonight.
Nancy is one of those people who hides in the shadows, never understanding that the good she does is much like the ripples from a pebble tossed into a pond: the ripples are ongoing, never stopping, growing as they reach the edge then bounding back again. We don't always see her, but many feel the ripples she creates.
She’d be upset if I mentioned all of them, but think of a family in dire need who suddenly finds itself with a job and food to eat and clothes to wear and a roof overhead.
Or think of the elderly woman in a nursing home who has no family and suddenly she finds herself with a friend who reads to her and holds her hand till she sleeps.
Or think of those Christmas boxes that need filling and mailing every single year; who packages those items and wraps and addresses them to mail? We are never told the name behind those packages, or the helpless family, or the elderly woman. But I know.
It’s Nancy, the one in the shadows, the caretaker no one ever sees; never expecting anything in return. I am so fortunate to have such an unselfish friend. I would like to have written about her, I wish you knew her as I do; but as I said, she prefers the shadows. Those who need to know already know who she is. She says that’s all that matters. The ripples Nancy leaves behind her will go on and on and on forever. So it is with my friend, Nancy.
I’ve never met her face to face. Our accents have a party when they meet on the phone. There’s a big gap between Kentucky and New York. But I know if I needed her, she’d be right here in a heartbeat, accents or not. That’s Nancy. Never expecting a thing in return.
Those qualities that we’ve learned about each of our Spotlight guests are both uplifting and inspiring. That is the joy of Spotlight. We hope you’ve gained as much from our interviews as we have.
It’s time to bring an end to our regular Spotlight articles. Not forever, but for awhile. We’ve loved sharing them with you and we’ve loved writing them. We've made new friends and we've created new friendships among you. We are glad to have played a part in those friendships.
We aren’t saying good bye, not at all. If you know of anyone who would like to be in our Spotlight and if s/he is willing to provide information and photos of his/her life story, then please let us know. We’ll be right here with a ready keyboard and nimble fingers. You can reach both of us through Cmail. Nancy and I seem to have exhausted our sources and are having a difficult time providing you with new Spotlights; maybe you can help us with that. If you know of someone, we'll leave a light on for you! You can find us anytime.
So thank you, all our friends who allowed us to Spotlight you. And thanks so much to our faithful readers, you kept us going with your kind words. Zanymuse, thanks for filling in for me when I had a time crunch, and Nap, my friend, thanks most of all for your friendship.
We hope to see you again from time to time. It’s like the old TV show, keep watching, you never know when you might be In The Spotlight!
Thank you again for all you did to make Spotlight a successful series.
~Best to you till we meet again, my friends.~
Click here for a list of all the Spotlight articles.
All photos in this article were taken from our interviews. Thanks to each of you who provided them.
|I am a retired Art and Humanities teacher living in western Kentucky. I love writing and art with equal measure, but I also have a passion for nature and plants.|
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Comments and discussion:
|Subject||Thread Starter||Last Reply||Replies|
|...And We Will Meet Again......||nap||Jun 6, 2012 11:13 AM||46|
|Please do leave the light on!||chelle||Mar 6, 2012 11:17 PM||20|
|What can I say?||LarryR||Feb 25, 2012 3:14 PM||1|
|My 15 Minutes of Fame||CajuninKy||Feb 24, 2012 11:28 AM||2|
|A tribute to you both||Trish||Feb 23, 2012 8:15 PM||2|
|♬ ♪ ♫ ♩ Til we meet again! ♬ ♪ ♭ ♫||plantladylin||Feb 22, 2012 5:28 PM||3|
|"Ditto" to the above subjects posted.||kaglic||Feb 20, 2012 6:36 PM||5|
|What a stirring tribute to Nancy and The Spotlight!||Zanymuse||Feb 20, 2012 5:26 PM||10|
|Thanks From Far Away!||NEILMUIR1||Feb 20, 2012 11:47 AM||5|