Except they are not inconsequential. Because people read them. And to some people, they become quite important indeed.
One of those people was Mary's mother. Mary is a friend of the MiL's from way back. Mary's mother lived in an assisted living facility, and Mary visited her mother almost every day. At some point, Mary began printing out and reading my blog to her mother. And those stories that I put very little thought into became a part of both of their lives.
Mary's mother--I never met the lady and in fact don't even know her name--particularly loved the stories about Cubby, Charlie, and Jack. She followed along with all their births. She laughed at their antics and their proclamations. She watched them grow up, even though they never met in person.
Mary's mother died yesterday. Mary was with her at the end, and when the MiL sent me the news about her mother's death, Mary specifically wrote to me to let me know that her mother asked about "the little boys" until the end, making up stories about them based on the expressions she saw in the photos I posted.
This made me tear up. And it reminded me that those little boys are precious in so many ways, to so many people.
So to Mary, I extend my deepest sympathies. And for her mother, I offer one last photo of "her boys," whom she never met:
Rest in peace, Mary's mom. With love from the Family Blackrock.