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 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.