A friend of mine said recently, "Sometimes I just want to comment to say, 'I read this whole thing.' But I don't have anything else to say."
I read this whole thing.
And a lot of people echoed her. And yeah, I understand - it's a rough thing to read, and there are no words.
I just wanted to say that I appreciated that.
I've said before that I hate net-*hugs*, when *hug* or *hugs* is the only comment. I know that it's there because the person cares, but it seems shallow, reflexive, automatic, devoid of thought.
And "I read this whole thing." does not rub me that way. It feels like the commenter being present in the moment. Does that make sense?
So this is my tangly way of saying two things...
* Thank you for reading it and being there with me.
* I officially prefer "I read this whole thing" to "*hug*" in posts of that nature. *nod*