It's been 6 weeks since I finished my Never B4 adventures but I'm writing this final time to share some exciting news:
Never B4 is officially a meme!
The Urban Dictionary defines a meme as "an idea, belief or belief system, or pattern of behavior that spreads throughout a culture either vertically by cultural inheritance (as by parents to children) or horizontally by cultural acquisition (as by peers, information media, and entertainment media)."
And here's how I can prove that Never B4 fits the meme definition:
1. People are seeking out Never B4's of their own and writing to me about it.
Karen Perrin, is a perfect example of cultural inheritance. Karen is my sister-in-law's mom and she's been one of my most faithful Never B4 readers (thanks!). Karen had never made jewelry before so she took a class in Rhode Island and made this gorgeous ring. Go Karen!
2. Never B4 is spreading outside the United States. Peers are telling peers about the Never B4 idea and their stories are coming back to me. For example, Christine Hennessey emailed me about her friend Sue Klose in Australia who went on a Never B4 hike with an aboriginal guide who brought her to see secluded aboriginal carvings. My Never B4 year came to an end before I had the chance to interview Sue for this blog but I hope she continues to pursue such exciting Never B4 adventures.
3. Never B4 is popping up into casual conversation. Just last weekend my nephew asked if our visit to Rumble on the River was a Never B4. It certainly was, but he made the connection before I did!
This leads me to a big "Thank You!" to all of you that followed my Never B4 adventures and helped create the Never B4 meme by doing Never B4's of your own or by telling your friends, families or colleagues about this blog.
It's fun to see Never B4 become a meme. What's more fun though is hearing about your Never B4 tales so please keep the stories coming -- by commenting here and/or by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BREAKING NEWS: Never B4 is officially part of the Urban Dictionary. Check it out and if you're inspired, give the definition a thumbs up.