Wednesday 11 May 2011: A Novice Blipper reflects on Molly/Amalarian.....
Last night, literally on my way out the front door for night shift, I checked my facebook and read the tragic news about Molly/Amalarian's sudden death. It was not an easy shift....having to swallow a large lump in my throat until breaktime, and thereafter. But the time led me to a lot of reflection.
I am still so new to blip, yet I realised that Molly had had a great impact on me. I subscribed to her journal because I have a real love of Italy, and especially Tuscany! Her journal was like a daily 'fix' of all things Italian, and Tuscan. I was quite surprised when she subscribed back, welcoming me to Blip! Then from that point on, she commented on my own journal virtually daily.
It truly amazed me, because she always had something positive and encouraging to say...and yet she didn't even know me...and my shots, especially initially, were no great shakes!! I felt really priveledged, because someone whose shots and blips spent all their time on the Spotlight page, and were so good and so interesting, would bother to even look at my journal, let alone comment!! Yet it was this that was the key to Molly as I see it!!
Some people are just naturally gifted at encouraging...their positive comments, their affirmation, and their generosity, are just SO apparent and SO influencial!! They spur you on to do better, try harder...yet all the while, to still enjoy what you've already accomplished. Molly was SO like this...had a natural gift for it!! She was a pat on the back, and a simultaneous challenge to improve!! I SO thank her for that!! And she did this for so many Blippers...that always also amazed me!!
She also amused me!! Her journal frequently made me laugh!! In fact, before hearing this news, I had reckoned there must be an issue with her new computer or the network!! I envisaged her outrage about it, and then her furiously and religiously backblipping in a day or two!! I had laughed to myself about this, thinking how funny it would be to have about 6 or 7 of Molly's own shots/blips lining up page 1 of the Spotlight!!!!! Then Blipcentral crashing under the strain of all those Blippers who had been missing her blips, trying to get on and comment!!! LOL!!!! I was looking forward to that!!!!!
But some things are not meant to be, and instead I took myself off to the park today to Blip these Allium. I had blipped them a week or so ago, before they came into bloom, and it seemed the only appropriate tribute Blip today for me. Molly's last blip had made me laugh at the time....Allium, of a similar colour...utterly HUGE Allium!!!! And here are mine....tiny in comparison!! Yet today it seems to speak so loudly!! Molly was a pretty HUGE personality!! Not one to forget in a hurry. Larger than life really! For me this speaks so loudly!!
My shot isn't the best...it's dull today, despite a bit of blue sky. Hardly great lighting. But it's kind of how I feel...the world is still beautiful, but I feel a bit dulled to it! Yet I wanted to get this shot to SAY something if possible. So this Allium standing SO tall is for you Molly....someone who stood tall for me. Someone who stood out...because they gave alot. I thank you for that. And you'll be so sorely missed.
Rest peacefully my friend...........