LifeWays - Birgit's Blog
I have a lot of 'virtual' friends. Some of those have turned into 'real' friendships - I met my friend Gina while looking for someone to point me in the direction of German dairy products in an AOL chat room. I met Beth via blogging.
Last week I had a gal (who I've known for the better part of a decade via a homeschooling board) spend the night with her family. She was just like I imagined her. After the first few awkward minutes, talk took off and we stayed up until 1:30 am (and probably only went to bed then because the poor people had to get up fairly early because of another long day driving the next day!)
Then there are the friends I've never met. Penny, who probably by now knows more about me than most people other than Randall. Noel, who is just a perfect dear and who I enjoy immensely. Cee, who has taught me a ton and is really quite a bit like me.
I love these people (and I don't use that term lightly.) I hurt when they are hurting; I am happy when good things happen to them. These friendships are real, even if conducted by a virtual medium.
And yet I do miss the local component. There are so many times I just want to take Noel out for tea, bring Penny dinner or go to a movie with her, and help Cee unload moving boxes, but of course none of those things can happen, seeing as they are in states and countries far removed from my physical location. But of course that is no different than those friends I met in 'real' life and then got separated from because either they or we moved.
I really have no clue where I am going with this, except to say I am grateful for my computer and the wonderful people I wouldn't have met without it (and the wonderful people I met in person and with whom I can now stay in touch via blog or email.)
Y'all are, well, wonderful!! :-)
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