In 2003, I started this blog, just talking about the work of losing a significant amount of weight, and the work of keeping it off. Soon this smart, funny, brilliant, helpful woman started commenting on the blog (This happens constantly now, but it was a new thing for me at the time). She went by the handle: JiffyPop.
I really looked forward to JiffyPop’s comments. She came from a different route in her weight loss efforts, but in maintaining her weight loss, we were sisters under the skin. The loose skin. Lots of loose skin.
When my mom got sick, and my job became more demanding, and it looked as if I might have to shut the Skinny Daily Post down, someone suggested inviting other writers. So I invited JiffyPop — who became Jane, and Jonathan, who has his own blog now.
Jane came aboard and basically saved The Skinny Daily Post from extinction.
We’ve emailed each other a bunch, and talked a couple of times on the phone, but in all three years of this growing friendship and partnership, we have never really, really, really met.
But we will! The weekend of September 30, my husband will read at the Dodge Poetry Festival, which is practically in Jane’s backyard!
We will meet. There will be tears. I have insisted on meeting Maggie.
And I just have to ask…. What do you think we should do? Can I carry any messages to her for you? How best to mark the occasion?
Oh shameless promotion: Jack, my husband, has a new website: www.ridl.com. He’s retired now, and available for workshops and readings! Please help keep him busy, will you?