I honestly wasn’t sure how yesterday was going to turn out. When I realized that I needed $250 to book the cheapest flight possible to bring my daughter down to visit me for two weeks in August, I jokingly turned to Twitter and asked what body part I should sell.
Kate kinda jokingly said the following:
Now, I really didn’t think much of this at first. However, as the evening went on I started asking “Why not?” As I mentioned yesterday, pride takes a distant second to seeing my daughter.
I mentioned my idea to Sunshine on Wednesday night and she thought it wasn’t a bad idea. I honestly…absolutely 100%…didn’t think I’d raise the $250. I thought people would donate a couple of dollars here and there…maybe $5, maybe $10…and I’d be a lot closer to $250 than I was the day before.
I can’t even begin to adequately explain my shock when I started getting email updates.
It was 1:49pm EST…not even seven hours after posting my plea for a helping hand…when the final donation came in that helped me reach $250. I updated the blog post and said something on Twitter right away to make sure everybody knew and didn’t continue to send me money.
I was flabbergasted.
So now the flight has been booked for August 11th and she goes back on August 25th…two full weeks of Rugrat awesomeness! And what’s even better is that her trip coincides with my one-week vacation with Ankle Biter (while his babysitter is on vacation) and then Sunshine & her two girls will be coming to visit for a few days. So all in all, August is now going to be a tremendous month for so many reasons.
And I have all of you to thank. Even those who couldn’t afford to donate, your kindness on Twitter or in the blog post comments did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. As cheesy as it sounds, it truly IS the thought that counts. And the fact that you took the time to write me about wanting to donate but being unable to financially meant just as much to me as if you did donate.
Okay…I feel like I’m rambling now. The bottom line is that I’m humbled and so very appreciative for the kindness of others…some of whom I really wish I knew better…and my face is beginning to hurt from all of the smiling I’ve done over the past 24 hours.
So I guess all really want to say is…