We're keeping your seat warm and will celebrate when you get back.
I'm more than a little heartbroken, right now. I do have a good sized selfish streak that is screwing with my abandonment issues, but I understand that the past week has been hell for most of us. It's probably not going to get much easier for a little while.
The Lounge has become my virtual family. All of you are very real to me and not just anonymous avatars. I may not respond to all of your threads, but I read them. Your pain and sadness makes me feel helpless and all I can give you is a virtual and some very real love and positive thoughts. I've cried real tears over many of you. I've stressed out over you. And, I've been elated over your successes. All this from someone that is fairly antisocial and shuns emotion.
Okay, I've exposed enough of my sappy side. Gonna go squish one or two of my kitties until they squeak.