I didn't say too much, I only mentioned how much I appreciated the beauty and skill of her photography along with the quaint narration of their daily life. I loved the pictures of the rusty red pick up truck they had taken to the farmer's market and brought home sunflowers that she arranged in an old milk pitcher on their vintage barnwood table.
It was all so pretty, gauze-like, and so much more delicate than my own life.
I thanked her for the simplicity of her posts, and told her I admired the peaceful and non material way she and her husband had chosen to raise their children.
Sometimes I hear back after I send an email like this, sometimes.
Some will respond with a brief, "Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!" and sometimes the responses back have grown into wonderful ongoing friendships.
But what I received in return to my email this time flattened me.
Stumped me about the human condition. Made me ask what has happened in someone's world that a sincere expression of gratitude for their writing and their blog, results in a reply back like this:
so can i tell you that i really don't know how to respond to this?
i started to write a long note about all my struggles as a mom and that i can totally relate to what you wrote and that i have felt the same thing when reading other mom's blogs.
then my husband came by. read over my shoulder and said your e-mail was clearly a joke. or that you mistook me for another blogger because no one reads my blog and if they did, how could they possibly feel that i'm doing everything right. (oh yeah...that's my guy! ;-)
so now i'm kind of confused. and really tired after a long, frustrating day. and i need to go grocery shopping. so i just thought i'd write back and say hi. thanks for your note. i really hope i don't make you depressed. really.
and if my husband is right and your e-mail was a joke...oh well. joke's on me. not the first time and certainly not the last i'm sure.
either way. hope you had your fun. i'm wishing you all the best...
Socks the breath out of you, doesn't it?
I sent a reply back, apologizing, and assuring her that my admiration was authentic.
I never heard back.
I remember reading a tweet, "if you have a thin skin, 'tis best you steer clear of the internet."
'Tis best to toughen up, too, because this one...yeah, it hurt a little.