Sitting here now in Connecticut I am reflecting on our long journey. It was far from what I had expected; much better in some ways but gone wrong is one other. Admittedly I am not a great traveler; I am not a patient person as far as long drives so driving from California to Connecticut was not my cup of tea. Not wanting to put my dogs in the cargo of a plane, entrusting their lives to someone else I opted to make this very, VERY long drive. As we headed out I had no idea of what was ahead.
I am a huge Facebook fan; I have several groups that I have started and am on every day.
Just dogs with Sherri with 857 members
The Standard Poodle with 3695 members
Shutting down puppy mills with 66 members (new and growing slowly)
Sherri Regalbuto Photography 49 members
Poodles in need around the world 309 members
My two largest groups knew that my son and I were making this journey; we'd already discussed it quite a bit. Luckily my son has an iphone and I was able to post our progress across the country. As we ventured onto the highway there was a feeling of not being alone knowing that not only was family with us but hundreds or thousands were also with us. Receiving continuous comments from my Facebook family put a smile on my face daily. I felt like we were all on this trip together.
When issues came up and we needed help; I just posted the need and they were there. My Facebook family has been beyond amazing. I now have friends around the world; friends who I feel comfortable sharing with. I had no idea that this amazingly huge trip would make me look at Facebook a little differently. Not only does it enable you to tap into friendships that you would never have been able to do otherwise; it changes your life.
To my Facebook fans: I cannot express how wonderful it was knowing that you were all out there keeping an eye on our travels. When I was down you picked me up; you cheered as we got closer and closer to our destination. When we lost our little girl along the way; heartache and constant tears streaming down my face were comforted knowing that you all understood. You gave me your opinions and much needed "if it were me" advice. It truly is amazing how close a group can become without ever meeting in person. But after all the heart of a being is what's inside, correct?
I lost a member of our family on this trip; but gained a whole bucket load of friends. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate you all; thank you from the bottom of my heart.