Let me tell you a story. When we moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the early 90's, we lived in an old farmhouse that was located eight miles from the main road. The drive to the farmhouse was beautiful, bald eagles soared above and the road twisted here and there through the woods.
I was a stay at home mom with a little two year old girl. We only had one car which my husband used to get to work and back. I was isolated and alone in a pretty farmhouse with three sets of neighbors who liked to keep to themselves and definitely were not my age.
As you can imagine, I grew lonely, anxious and incredibly sad during those brief nine months. I doubted my decision to stay at home, I missed having a community and friends. In the spring time, we moved to town where my husband's job was located. I attended story time at the local county library and it was there I met some friends. Three lovely women who opened the doors of friendship and adopted me in the circle. My sadness lifted as well as my anxiety.
I'm telling you this story because I've been thinking about community and the internet. I frequently witness online kindness through this blog and through instagram, women helping women. I see words of support when someone is sad or anxious. When someone is battling a serious illness. When marital relationships are severed. When a loved ones die. I think back to when I was alone and just imagine the internet there at my fingertips to connect me with others to give me support.
I have friendships with many creative kindred spirits and love how we find a commonality in knitting, reading, lifestyle, spirituality and yes, a sense of humor.
Some say that online interactions are not real, and I think that might be true and real life relationships have a significant value with being happy in the world. But I also think online friendships have some weight. I have met a few online friends. I met Tracey, during a vacation and while I was nervous to "meet" her and talk to her, I found that when we got together and started talking we were not strangers at all. I have grand plans to meet Steph one day and a few other people too.
On a side note, I started a baby blanket for my dog groomer who is due in April. There is a wee chance that our daughter might visit us in March. I'm waiting for some dates and some more information. As you can imagine I'm kind of excited about the prospect.
Hope you have a lovely weekend!!