(WARNING: This post will get mushy. Do not read on unless you have a strong constitution for cheesy, nauseating displays of sentimentality. ) I have officially been a DPF member for one year now!!! How time flies! I joined on June 4th, 2017 - and I'm so glad I did! I've obtained so many amazing pins via this forum (including holy grails!), but much more importantly, I've made so many amazing friends. Honestly, I never would have expected that a forum for a simple hobby - collecting tiny pieces of metal featuring cartoon characters - would result in truly meaningful, real-life friendships that I treasure so much, and which I hope last for many years to come. Pins aside, this is just such a wonderful community full of kind, generous, supportive, hilariously funny people. I just wanted to take a minute to thank all of you for welcoming me into this little family a year ago, and being such a warm refuge from the stresses and hardships of the real world. It may sound silly, but I can always log onto this forum when I'm feeling down and quickly lift my spirits (even when we're ranting about high prices or disappointing designs! xD) Not to mention the fact that you all are constantly able to restore my faith in the pin community, which often seems so greedy and exploitative on other sites/social media. Everyone here is so helpful when it comes to other peoples' collections and expresses genuine happiness when someone else scores a sought-after pin, even when it's one that they want themselves. It never feels like a competition. (I actually get psyched when I hear that someone else actually collects and appreciates the underrated movies/characters I myself collect. We Hunchback fans are a rare breed, lol.) Anyway, I would love to know when everyone else's DPF "anniversaries" are!!! Perhaps we can start a list like the birthday thread. I definitely think our memberships are worth celebrating!