The blog of photographer and musician, Kim Ayres

Waiting for Charlie

My long term blogging pal, Charlie, sits there firmly in my top list of bloggers I would so love to meet in person. His humour is rich, his writing is wonderful and his heart is huge.

Unfortunately Charlie is not a well man and his illness is degenerative. Periodically he gets rushed off to hospital, but so long as the sirens are wailing he feels he's getting his money's worth.

Sometimes he's gone silent for a while and I've had to prod him with an email saying, "Are you dead yet?" which usually provokes some kind of muttered response.

However, this time his friend, Wandering Coyote, has posted a message on Charlie's blog to say not only is he in Hospital, but he didn't even get the wailing siren treatment.

I'm hoping that means it's not too serious, but the fact another blogger has been asked to post on his behalf, quite simply scares the shit out of me.

Now I'm not a religious man, and neither is Charlie. And neither of us would say, "I'm not religious but I am spiritual" either. We wouldn't expect prayers to make the slightest bit of difference.

But another thing we both share is a sense of the humanity in people - the need to connect, feel and care.

And I do so care about Charlie.

So if you've not come across Charlie and his blog of depth, passion and sublime humour, then do visit now, take a look around and leave a message.

Charlie's wife is Martha. And she's the one who really needs the support at the moment.

And if you do know Charlie, but didn't know he's in hospital, then hopefully you won't have read this far as you'll already have gone over to his site before you got halfway through this post.


savannah said...

i'm glad you posted, sugar! as i said at my place, we take care of our own here in blogville - friends of friends are friends of ours and i'm fortunate to know you both! xoxoxoxo

Eryl Shields said...

I only know Charlie from comments here and on other blogs but went over this morning after reading he was in hospital at Savannah's. Like you I'm neither religious or spiritual but I do believe heartily in the power of a crossed finger.

mapstew said...

Charlie is a wonderful man and has been a good friend to me since I first 'met' him here in blogland. I wish him better health soon, and strength to Martha. :¬)

Anez said...

Thanks for the link I liked Charlie's Blog ...Hope he gets back soon.

Jasmine said...

I don't know of Charlie, but I do hope he gets better. I already love his blog from the URL.

Pat said...

It was thanks to you that I became aware of Charlie. It was a slow burn but he has become a special person to me and to so many of us. I really believe Charlie will be cherished and pray he'll be back with us again.

Fay's Too said...

It's strange how attached I get to blog friends. Bliends? Frogs?

I love Charlie. I even love Martha, though I've never met either and I've never even read anything written by Martha.
I think the semi-anonymity allowed by blogging encourages us to be more honest and open than we are with face-to-face friends. So perhaps I know Charlie and you better than I do the woman who works in the next office.
Weird eh?
Stay well, blender frogs!

Whitney Lee said...

Thanks for the introduction. I've spent some happy moments today reading Charlie's blog. I'll be hoping he's back at it soon.

hope said...

Thanks for the heads up...I read you folks in order of who posted last, so I got to you first.

nikgee said...

Thank you for reminding me to focus on the humanity here instead of the fictional offspring. That person behind the pen.

This has been an area of difficult transition for me.I come from a world when people meet they touch. A hug, a hand shake, eye contact with a nod.

Now we touch the keys of our key board sending words that touch that person on the other side.

Again, thanks for the reminder. I need that from time to time.

Meg said...

I know what you mean, Kim. I too am worried sick - especially since he's having someone update his blog for him. I really hope he's okay. He's my best friend in the blogosphere.

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