Friday, January 14, 2011

I Have This Friend

But I've never met her face to face.

How is it that we're friends, you ask? The magical world of the internet. Oh, magical internet. And the magical blogs that bind us.

My sweet bloggy friend, Joanne. The Simple Wife.

She's lovely. And kind. And honest (about her flaws and her high points). And encouraging. The very antithesis of "simple."

And totally part of my little community of "invisible friends"... and I'm part of hers.

She's 38.

She has 2 pre-teen daughters.

She's been married 19 years.

On Tuesday, my friend suffered a stroke.

It was bad.
And I am gutted for her. For her family. My heart grieves. It doesn't matter that I have never seen her face to face. In the years since the invisible, internet howdies were swapped, a friendship was forged & I am heartsick. My young, vibrant friend- with so much life in front of her- is in a hospital bed and she may not wake up. We don't know. We hope. We pray.

It's ana amazing thing, the internet. I've come to know & befriend a vast array of characters. A rather amusing little band of characters. It really is a band of 'invisible friendships'. You can't see them, but they are there. And, perhaps like, 'visible' friendships, you may not see the preciousness in some of them until they are removed.

Just something to think about in your visible and invisible friendships.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Just saw the jersey.....a happy day for Big Ben

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

My thoughts exactly. I have met her twice at Beth Moore events, but
know her best from her heart aches tonight.

Robyn said...

Hi there, I came across your blog this afternoon and wanted to say how very sorry I am about your friend. I do hope she will make a miraculous recovery. I understand about internet friends. We can become as close to our internet friends as we are to our in real life friends. I liked your blog as you write like I do. About your thoughts, day to day events etc. So I'm going to follow along. Hope you'll take a look at my blog as well.
And oh, Happy Birthday!!! When I turned 30 it really didn't bother me but when I turned 40 this past April, THAT bothered me.. LOL.. Can't wait for your next post..

William R. Barker said...

I was hitting "NEXT BLOG" and on and on and on just because I do that sometimes to see what I might stumble upon and came upon your blog.

My prayers go out to your friend and her loved ones.