Goodness, thank you for the incredibly warm welcome you gave Taproot. We are certainly grateful for the kind words, subscriptions, and support... and most definitely pleased to hear that the way and reasons by which we created it truly resonate with so many of you. As it has come together these past months, and I'm able to step back and look at what it is we're making, I've found myself often breathing a deep sigh - of relief (at what it isn't), and peace (at what it is). I hope it will inspire the same for you. I think it will.
After being quite glued to the screen for a while now working away on this project, it seemed most appropriate to 'unplug' for a little while after its launch into the world. And so we headed over the mountains and into the woods to gather with friends for a little while. I watched as our cell reception disappeared on the drive so that I could tuck the phone away for days. I heard tell of wireless halfway through the weekend, but pretended not to really hear that, and it seems as though everyone else - appreciative and respectful of technology as we all very much are - felt the same.
There was plenty of noise, though. Noise of the best kinds of all: the noise of four families worth of children laughing, and playing; the noise of their parents doing the same; the noise of ice skates swooshing on the ice; the noise of champagne glasses clinking in celebration; the noise of an ice auger in the hands of big kids going through the inches; the noise of a crackling fire; the noise of knitting needles clanking; the noise of the wind whipping across the lake; and the noise of the mild and late winter ice squeaking, squishing and cracking beneath our feet as our brains told us all we were safe, while our stomaches did flip-flops.
Oh yes, some very good noises indeed. The kind of noises that fill up your ears and hearts all at once until you can't help but breathe a little differently. Slower.
This morning, I'm wishing you all a lovely start to your own week, hopefully carrying with you the best kinds of noises from your own weekend lives!