Before I write anything else, the following needs to be said:
As of 12:36 p.m. (or so), I have spent 15 years being married to one rockstar of support and general awesomeness. Love you, Pete, and may we have many, many more years of happiness (and craziness) together.
As far as everything that has happened in the past 24 hours. Unexpected? Completely and totally. I wrote a post yesterday as I was hurt by an explanation that made little if no sense to me. When I am hurt, I write. It's cathartic. I also felt like sharing, as I had received so much support from the State Department in the past. From the way my husband zipped home from Iraq to his follow-on posting that allowed him a good amount of flexibility. I had the support of the FS community, bloggers and otherwise. Yet, now I was being told that my one post was somehow inappropriate?
I did what I felt was right. I shared that with my friends, with my tribe...my FS community. They weighed in and shared their thoughts and feelings, so much so that yesterday I received a call from the Washington Post (I did not contact them) and as of this afternoon, two stories have been published. Other media outlets also picked up the story. I did not do this for attention or to have my name out there. I did this because I needed a release. I felt that I was being wronged, not because I was removed from the blog roll, but the reason why.
I could have handled any of a thousand explanations, but I did not get that and, yes, it stung. No, it's not my list. Yes, they can update the list anytime they want. However, they came to me. They asked me to participate and I felt a little notice or a reasonable explanation as to why I was removed was not out of the question.
I honestly have no idea what has happened in the blog roll world at State today. I do know that by 12:08 p.m., my blog was back on *the* list and for that, I am thankful. I am grateful that it was realized that perhaps I do provide a service to others, even if I use words that may not be comfortable for everyone's eyes or ears. However, sometimes, we need to hear those words. Sugarcoating life doesn't make it any less messy. It just makes it much harder to navigate when we truly need assistance.
Thank you to everyone who has shown their support via blog posts, comments, emails and via FB and Twitter. And, yes, that includes the State Department, who also posted this notice late this afternoon: http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums.
I apologize for the short posting, but 15 years only comes around so often and we must celebrate this special "nanniversary" (according to Nick). Before I depart for the evening, though, I'd like to leave you with an even longer list of blog posts* that bouyed my spirits and reminded me that I am not the only one who enjoys a little honesty now and again. Enjoy!
*If I missed your link somehow, I'm very sorry. Please send to me or leave in a comment and I will include.