They say we all make an impact on people whose lives we enter and leave; we all leave legacies with those whose paths we cross. Far be it from me to challenge traditional wisdom. Besides, I think it's true. For instance:
I'm glad to see at least one thing I had to offer has remained in Mr. Shea's collective memory. He may not remember it was me, but it was. Shortly after I began following his blog, I - who still remembered the Star Wars Holiday Special with horror - emailed him a link to the Special on Youtube right around November. He responded that he had forgotten all about that - which was good news for him!
He then posted the link on his blog under the humorous intro 'From the decade that taste forgot.' I can't remember if he attributed it to me, or even a generic reader. But when I met him at EWTN studios a year or so later, I went up to him and introduced myself as 'the guy who sent you the Star Wars Holiday Special link.' He immediately knew who I was with that intro, and we had a rather pleasant visit.
Since then, of course, one of us has gone off the rails. Who did so depends on who you speak to. By early this year, I gave his new blog a chance, but felt the only thing about it was that it was worse than his old blog, if that was possible. With the exception of a few who still link to his Twitter or similar Facebook posts, and who sometimes email me or others an image, I never go near Mark's online postings. I have to admit, the sun shines the brighter for it.
But it's nice to see that something I sent him continues to bring a little levity to him and his followers each year, no matter what they stand for. It almost seems to be a yearly tradition. I doubt he remembers now who first sent him that. For that matter, I doubt he remembers I'm the one who introduced him to Sam Harris's works. But I did. That's probably how it is. When we impact others, or they impact us, we may not know it or remember it, but that's how it happens in this world.