Now some of you are probably saying, "Hey! You just told me you fursuited 20 years ago! What gives?!" Well, I "officially" joined the fandom on November 18, 2002. I call that my "coming out" date. I posted my furvey to alt.lifestyle.furry and introduced Sabot to the world. For the next few months I experienced "furry high" which is a feeling of total well-being because I knew that I had found a home. I was unashamed of who I was or of what I enjoyed. I had been saying to myself for months before that I had no passion in life. Now I had one. Since the holidays were approaching I saw numerous posts about people with no place to go or who were feeling the loneliness that accompanies the season. I just wanted to scoop everyone up in a big bear hug, but who was I? I was a newbie. I knew no one. I read about people going to this thing called Further Confusion and I soooo wanted to go. I finally got enough courage to go to Confurence a few months later. And the rest, as they say, is history!
And so thank you to all who have touched my life over the past 3 years. Thank you for all that have shared intimacy with me. Thank you to all who have enjoyed my room parties at cons. Thank you to all who read this silly little journal. Thank you to friends both old and new for keeping this old bear's heart young.
If you are heading out to MFF, please stop by my room for a drink and/or a snuggle. If you see a coon fursuit running around with the nametag "Abbey," feel free to pounce me and get a hug. If we have never met in furson, please introduce yourself. I love to be able to put an LJ name to a face. See you in Chicago!