Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend

Lyrics from ‘Thank you for being a friend’ by the great and sadly late Andrew Gold

In just over a year we have gained 1700 friends on Facebook. Yes, some of these are family or real life friends who we begged to become friends of the Blog but the majority are not. We have met a few friends in real life and without exception they have been people who we would quite happily be friends with in real life.

Given the fact that St. Thomas is a relatively small community, surrounded by even smaller communities such as Port Stanley, Shedden and Port Burwell, 1700 friends is pretty impressive. While most friends live within a radius of say 100 km of St. Thomas, we also have friends in Australia, California, and other interesting places around the world. Friends who were born and grew up in St. Thomas before moving away to make their way in the world. They obviously still love St. Thomas and want to keep up on the local goings on here.

Thanks to the Blog, we have not only meet some wonderful people but have become involved in events and organizations that we might not have done otherwise. We joined the Relay for Life and met even more great people. We help the All Breed Canine Rescue try to get rescue dogs and cats adopted. We discovered an amazing bar that was hidden in plain sight. We got to help The Princess Project and realized just how many teenagers were in need of the project. We found out that it feels so good to be able to help a charity such as Inn out of the Cold.

We have been introduced to many home businesses who are working hard to produce unique and special products such as amazing stained glass, impressive cupcakes, and the list goes on. There are professional singers and songwriters who live here, rockstars who shop at Walmart and visit the Horton Market. Even the  jaded people among us must find that cool.

In essence, thanks to the St. Thomas Blog, we, that is my wife and I, have found out what St. Thomas and area really is, not just a group of towns and villages surrounding St. Thomas but real communities, all thriving and growing stronger. In the next few years there are going to be plenty of challenges facing us as the employment landscape changes but based upon what we see right now, we are certain that while it may be rough for many people for a while, it will improve and St. Thomas will bounce back stronger than ever.

As the St. Thomas Blog has grown and developed, we know that we have made some mistakes, trodden on some toes accidentally, upset some people, and probably bored others with our witterings and opinions. We have promised the moon on occasions only to barely leave the atmosphere. While the website was originally designed to simply list events occurring in and around St. Thomas, it has evolved into something else, a website that features sometimes controversial columns, tips on health, both physical and mental, some local news, images from local events, and has gained some very well written guest bloggers whose knowledge and writing talent has just made the website better than we could ever have imagined.

While it is tempting to rest on our Laurels and Hardy make any more changes, we find ourselves constantly looking for ways to make the website not only more relevant but to continue to grow in ways that help our local communities.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the support we have received from so many people. The help from those who have made the Blog what it is today. The advice from people much smarter than us. The encouragement from strangers. The passion from those who share our belief that the St. Thomas and area is worth those late nights and early mornings we spend before and after our paying jobs. We don’t want to sound cocky but can 1700 people really be wrong?

Thank you for being a friend!

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