I read this post just a few hours ago, when I arrived here after 5 nights on a train, so in a somewhat tired state. I didn't cry, I didn't almost cry, I just almost, almost cried. I love it when people are thankful, and it's a lovely thing that aran has done to give us an opportunity to express our thanks. So to those who have been kind to me here, of course, I thank you. Diolch yn fawr.
So, to Jayne, the receptionist at Carmarthen leisure centre, who has never reverted to English during our conversations and has seen me progress from Bore Da and Dw i wedi blino to wherever it is I am now. Diolch.
To Rhian, my lovely, educated, cultured, busy friend who gave up a couple of hours a week of her time, for a YEAR, and insisted on giving me a meal at the same time, while I prepared to do the Uwch exam, and who would never dream of speaking to me in English now. Diolch
To Saundra, who I met early on in my journey who also speaks 100% Welsh with me now. Diolch
To Byron, my neighbour with the highly accented and highly colloquial Welsh, for whom speaking English is a trial, for encouraging me to learn his language. Diolch
To all my Welsh speaking patients who were initially delighted by my attempts to speak Welsh, even though I couldn't understand a word of their replies. And to all of those with whom I can communicate 100% in Welsh now. I started this journey for you. Diolch
To the very few people, with and without Cymraeg, who dismissed my efforts. It's my time, I'll do what I like with it. It made me stronger. Diolch.
To all those who said, " I could never learn Welsh", and who heard the information about SSIW, and did nothing about it, you could have done it, but chose not to. I'm still right, you're still mistaken. Diolch
To every member of every boot camp I've ever been on. Diolch for putting up with an opinionated know it all.
To @AnnaC, @Novem, with whom I've only Skyped. It was a pleasure. Diolch.
To @Howard and @Pete2, with whom I've Skyped, and met face to face. Such interesting people. Diolch
@seren and @tatjana, who have given me destinations for my travels, and so much of their time in the flesh. Diolch
@Karla, @lynne_freudigmann who crossed the world to be in Wales. It was so lovely to meet you. Diolch for letting me spend time with you.
@henddraig, who must read every single word written here and is so positive in her responses and passion for Cymraeg. Diolch.
It's a privilege to be in this community.