I’ve been incredibly lucky to have great friends IRL (in real life or in red leggings as a funny friend prefers to say) who in turn have great friends I have got to know via their social media platforms.
I have not met any of them personally, but our interactions on social media over the years makes it feel like we know each other personally. And in many ways they are more family than family some times. Some of my best friendships started on a blog or on FB and it feels like I have known those people forever. One blog friend came to visit me in hospital with her daughters (and that is how we met for the first time).
And for all the ugliness and narcissistic mess that social media is, I love the bit about “meeting” people via friends. I have grown to like their families, pets, extended families. Laughed with them, grieved with them, celebrated with them and shared their disappointment. Thank you for being my virtual friends and I am honored to share your journeys in this here life. Here’s to you Debbie BH, Meggle, Sankie, Lize, Sanet, Camilla, Suki, Tracy B, Tania R, PT, Jennifer, Corneel, Phillipa, Sumanda, Diane, Tracy E, Liz Heenie, and of course Ling Shepherd.