An unusual aspect of blogging on the Internet is that we never really know who's reading our stuff. We see comments from some readers but others, for whatever reason, never leave a trace. I assumed they didn't exist until recently when I was shown otherwise.
In the past year, two or three readers who lurk under the radar have contacted me, by e-mail, to express their thoughts. I was shocked to hear from them because I didn't know they were out there. They mentioned details of old posts and I felt odd -- suddenly realizing we'd been having a conversation I was completely unaware of.
This is not a bad thing. To the contrary, all of these readers were complimentary and kind. Normally, I try to re-pay readers with comments on their blogs and reciprocal acts, but these people were previously unknown to me. I felt guilty that I'd not been nice to them before.
One such reader lives in the Midwest. That's all I know about her. I don't know if she's 8 or 80. She uses a pen-name (Finnley Mae). She contacted me by e-mail. She knew that I can't wear normal earrings because only one of my ears is pierced. (I pierced it back in the Seventies when a guy doing that was a BIG DEAL.) Finnley Mae offered me some spare clip-on earrings she owns, which are hard to find. I gratefully accepted her offer.
Her package arrived. I was surprised at the large size of the box. Opening it, I discovered 75 pairs of earrings. 75!! Holy cow! What a treasure-trove. From a virtual stranger. I am deeply touched and appreciative of this gesture. Thank you, Finnley Mae.
Here are pictures of a few of the earrings.
Do you have any secret readers? Are you one?