Well, as you can imagine, it's been an emotional last several days. Anytime a child is involved, most people can't help but feel strongly affected, even if they didn't know that child personally. I think that was extremely evident with Hannah. She made quite an impact on people, and I know she'll be with me for a long time to come.
It reminded me of how many wonderful friendships I've made online since I first ventured on-line many, many years ago. I may have talked about this before (I don't know, but I have a rather bad memory remembering what I actually blog about), but it seems so strange in a way, though, doesn't it, to connect so strongly with people online? How can you be such good friends with someone (or several someones) you've never even met face to face? Well, first it starts with having something in common, that's how. Then you realize that you think the same way, or laugh at the same jokes, or like the same movies, or think Clive Owen is totally hot, or that Justin Timberlake is NOT. Just like any other friendships, you get to know someone and you sometimes end up liking them more and more as time goes by, and before you know it, you might be sending them personal emails, or calling each other on the phone, or rooming together at RWA, to give you some examples.
Most of my online friendships have developed because of my strong love of romances. In RL, absolutely none of my friends read them. Oh, they read Stephen King or Pearl S. Buck or Jodi Picoult or even J.K. Rowling, but not Suzanne Brockmann or Lisa Kleypas or Lori Foster, and certainly not Lacey Alexander! Yet I love these authors so passionately, and to find others who share that same feeling is incredible, and so much fun. There's nothing like talking about a subject you endlessly love with others who feel the exact same way.
Lucky for me, I've gotten the chance to meet some of these friends in person, and hang out with them for a weekend or longer. We've drank together, played practical jokes, attempted to line dance, hung out with favorite authors, or discussed our favorite Black Dagger Brother (Zsadist...or Vischous?). We reminisce, and share our secrets, and recently, we've grieved together. Online friendships are unique, but no less powerful because deep-down, we can relate to what other people are going through. I think about the day Princess Diana died, almost 10 years ago, and the effect it had on me. I remember waking up early to watch the memorial service, and I was crying right along with those on t.v. who were there, watching as her casket went past. In those moments, it was like the world connected.
So make fun, or scoff, or whatever. I'm here to say that on-line friendships mean something significant, whether you believe it or not. I may never personally meet some of the people I blog with, but to me, they are still friends of mine, some of whom I've known for years, and they still put up with my moods...with the added bonus that they can walk away from the computer at any time *g*
So I'm sending out some love to my online peeps: thanx for stopping by, for sometimes commenting, for rolling your eyes in silence, for listening to me drone on and on and still coming back for more. Thanx for listening to me gush about cover models, or martinis, or my "late to the Harry Potter" party monologues. I 'ppreciate the friendship...and for not wincing too much at my perm LOL.
You all rock!