December 07, 2004


Yesterday a man came to the door with a FEDEX package. No one has come to the door with a FEDEX package in the entire time that we have been living here. I knew
immedately what it contained; without a doubt it was the book I had begged for and one of my readers, Greg, from California Hammonds answered my plea. I began reading it last night, right before I turned out the lights, and I plan on reading a single chapter each evening, slowly, so that I can savor every delicious word. The writing so far is terrific; I know it is only the first chapter, but the book is great.

As I closed the book I began thinking about how many wonderful people I have discovered through this medium, virtual friends in internet vernacular. Virtual friends who have supported me in troubled times, uplifted my spirits when I am low, laughed with me at life's foibles, shared my anger, my joys, and triumphs of myself and my family.

Virtual friends?

According to Webster's dictionary virtual has several meanings

1 : being such in essence or effect though not formally recognized or admitted

Are the people I've met on the internet and towards whom I feel a bond of friendship "not formally recognized? No. I refer to them as my friends all the time.

The second has no application to the situation at all.

2 : of, relating to, or using virtual memory

My friends aren't just bits of the data stored in my computer, revived only when I sit at the keyboard.

And they certainly aren't

3 : of, relating to, or being a hypothetical particle whose existence is inferred from indirect evidence -- compare

even metaphorically..
The friends I meet online are friends whose spirit touches me; and isn't that the truest form of friendship? Must I touch another to have meaning to them and for them to have meaning to me?


So here's a words of thanks to a REAL LIFE friend, Greg, for his lovely gift, which I shall appreciate for years to come, as well as to all those who have reached out and touched my life and provided me with kindness and love over the years.

Posted by Rachel Ann at December 7, 2004 06:13 AM

I must say I have to agree with you on each of these statements, especially 'friends whose spirits touch me''ve put it so beautifully..I couldn't agree more :->
Take care...

Posted by: pincushion at December 7, 2004 12:26 PM

Rachel Ann: You are so welcome. Thank you for what you do.

Posted by: Greg at December 7, 2004 01:25 PM

I'm am very grateful for my online friends. :)

Posted by: annette at December 7, 2004 06:11 PM

I'm also grateful for my online friends, even if some don't visit me after I drew a picture of them for free by surprise.

Posted by: Rockchild at December 8, 2004 09:57 AM
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