Thursday, April 8, 2010

Oh, You Guys. Y'all Are AWESOME!

I cannot thank all of you enough for your participation in Team WhyMommy's Virtual Science Fair. It worked out better than I ever could have dreamed and all of the credit goes to you—the nearly SIXTY people who did science in honor of Susan. You. Are. Incredible.

I just got off the phone with Susan. She sounds great. She sounded happy. She was pleased that the cancer is out of her body. But she was also happy about the idea of all of her friends doing science with their kids or by themselves. She told me that she's been walking the aisles of the science fair and reading. She may not be able to comment for a while (I don't know, something about Vicodin), but she is reading and loving it.

She asked how I pulled it off and I told her the truth. I told her it was a piece of cake because of all of you. Seriously, all I had to do was send out a couple of emails. You all did the rest. I'm blown away and honored to know all of you. I know she is too.

So here's a little something for you. You've earned it. Susan gets the Blue Ribbon First Prize for kicking the shit out of cancer, but you all get this super awesome Participant Award.

I know that I have had a blast visiting all of your sites. You've given me a gajillion fun new ideas of things to do with my kids this summer when we're languishing in the long summer no-school days. It was so cool to see how each of you interpreted the science fair in your own way. So completely amazing.

I would like to thank Joeymom, who responded to my first email with a suggestion for the name: The Team WhyMommy Virtual Science Fair. I would also like to thank Kate who responded to my (second to) last email with the information that I misspelled "blogosphere" in my image. In my defense, (a) it's a hard word to spell, and (b) it's not a real word.

But mostly, I want to thank all of you. Thank you for helping to bring a little extra light into Susan's life. And mine. You are fantastic. Each and every one of you.


  1. WhyMommy definitely gets the big purple Grand Prize Best in Show award. You go, Woman! Kick cancer buttocks!

  2. HUZZAH! I cannot thank you enough -- and Stimey, may I have your permission to feature your VSF post on my site's header permanently? I want it just a click away, to show my scientist friends what moms can do, and to remind me of the incredible power of women to influence how children perceive the everyday.

    Y'all rock!

  3. Aw man, I'm sorry I missed this one! My blog has been out of commission for a few weeks because of lack of funds to pay the Typepad subscription!

  4. Ha! It was a pleasure to be a part of, and I couldn't be happier that the surgery was a success!

    And YOU worked like crazy because you're an awesome person and you make me laugh so hard--you're right. It's not a real word anyway. But is it a real place?


  5. Thanks again for doing this and reviving the support of a real community around a real person in her very real fight against cancer. While we live in a virtual world where we don't see each other as often as we'd like, or even ever meet F2F for that matter, this is such a great reminder of the real power of the blogosphere.

  6. There's a whole lot of awesome in this here blogosphere.

    (Next up, getting blogosphere added to Spell Check!)

  7. ... and in my defence (defense) I did ponder whether "blogoshpere" might be a US spelling! :-P
    Thank you so much - again - for getting this together. Perhaps it was as easy to do as you say, but it took a clever caring person to come up with such a wonderful idea, and see it through.

  8. This weblog is being featured on Five Star Friday -

  9. No. You're awesome. Even if you can't spell. It was an honor to take part.

  10. Is this one of those elementary science fairs where everyone gets a ribbon? I'm not sure I would have played. Kidding :)

    It was a such a cool idea, thank you Stimey and so happy to hear about and from Susan, you rock!

  11. Dang, I missed this too, but I'm so glad it was such a huge success. Bloggers can be so awesome. And yay for kicking cancer's butt!


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