I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend."
Kathleen "Beany" McBroom has been missing exactly 2 weeks. Many of you know Beany as your Bloggy Friend over at So Grateful to Be Mormon. So many more of you know her from her kind, funny and on-the-mark comments at blogs thruout our Cyber-Community.
Your Humble Scribe can not claim Beany as a true Bloggy Friend. We had only become Bloggy Acquaintances, of sorts, the week before she disappeared. The Scholastic Scribe was featured on Blog Around the World. Beany jumped right in there with a comment at 2:50 a.m., laughing at the PhotoShopped image of Barack Obama & Sarah Palin Dancing with the Stars. She mentioned that she had been raised in Our Neck o' the Woods, and thanked us for giving her a laugh.
Because Mama Raised Her Right, Mrs. Scribe replied to all the comments from that BATW Day in the Sun, including Beany's. Beany commented back that same day, both on her blog & on our blog, plus sent an e-mail. A Bloggy Bond began to Bud.
Beany also was named a winner, around that time, of The Scholastic Scribe's Superior Scribbler Award. She received this Bit o' Bling from her friend, Tara R., over at If Mom Says OK. Beany, in fact, was the first on Tara's list for Paying it Forward.
"I love Beany’s 'so good' posts," Tara scribbled in naming her friend Superior in the Scribbling Sense. "She has the uncanny ability to post these just when someone else needs to read them." Beany, of course, scribbled right back: "hi TARa, thank you! very kind of you doll. i love being able to have this writing outlet on the blog and in the journal. like nothing else. and congrats to you, too, for this. thanks for bringing some sun my way today and with every note...from your sweetie beany weany."
But the morning of October 27, Beany vanished. On her way to work. Without a trace, as the professionals say. The Anchorage, Alaska Police are investigating, Beany's friends and blog family are getting the word out, and her family members, of course, are beside themselves. As of Press Time, 152 comments had been logged on the last entry on Beany's Blog, posted by her 18-year-old daughter.
Your Humble Scribe did not know Kathleen "Beany" McBroom well. But we feel the pain and confusion of her family, her friends and her readers. One of Beany's recent posts, entitled "Living in the Moment," explains a lot about her. Please read it. And think of Beany. And pray for her safe return.