As a writer, it is extremely important to be connected to my audience. If I can’t be connected, then I have not done my job well and have lost touch with my audience. Many of you are probably wondering why I have been absent from posting anything in almost a week, which for me is incredibly unusual. Unfortunate circumstances have occurred this past week in my life as a dear childhood friend sadly passed away last Wednesday. It was a tough loss suffered for me as I would have never thought for a second that something so unfortunate would happen so soon to one of my friends I grew up with. It was an eye-opening experience and a wake up call telling me that life is incredibly short and can end in a split second. We never know what is going to happen day-to-day or even hour by hour. Life is truly fragile, which is why we should live every moment of our lives as positive as we could, even through life’s toughest moments.
I want to thank so many of you who have written in to me expressing your condolences as well as sharing your stories of losses as well. Your words have helped me to move on and get through this very rough time in my life. All of your words, however, have made me think of something else as well. It has made me think of just how strong our Litchfield County community really is. A community that has come together to offer their support and compassion. It has all been really touching and I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done to help me get through such a rough time. Now, however, it is time to move on as I begin yet another chapter in my life.
Mike Valletta can be reached for comment at: NorthwestCTMike@aol.com