Friday, June 25


Who among us doesn't count himself lucky to have even one very good friend?

The many virtual friends I am blessed to have are a source of derision to my family (mostly my children), and I have learned to nod and smile (in my infinite wisdom) ~ because I have found over the past five years that is the wiser track to take. They will never understand, unless they become bloggers, at how deep the good feelings run between bloggers and other on-line friends.

Reading a post recently, about dear departed Bobbie (written by her daughter Kitty) I was struck by the words she used to describe her mother's feelings for and about her fellow bloggers, the value of blogging to Bobbie and how it changed her for the better, as far as communication was concerned. We could all take a lesson there, and this is not the first posthumous post I've read that said virtually the same things.

I've written before about how, when I tried to join Facebook, I could not sign on with the name I use everyday because there was already someone with that name on there. I had to use my more formal given name - but that is fine - as it allows more of my older friends from school to find me. I sent a message to the other Judy and we became friends on Facebook. Recently, she posted about having blueberry coffee, and I said I thought that must be very good. Before I knew it, she was asking for my address, and soon after came a pound of the most heavenly coffee I've had in a long time. The only thing to top it is Gloria Jean's butter toffee coffee - surely it is manna from the Gods!! The blueberry coffee is second, I'm sure.

The other Judy has a sister who lives about 20 miles from me. We haven't met yet, but that might be possible come the early fall. I imagine that drawing above to be our visit; two Judy's who share a first and last name, and a sister. (One of those girlies up there should have gray hair!)

I don't blog for the gifts......LOL...but every time something comes in the mail, I am astounded that people are as giving as they are - to complete strangers. I've gotten CD's, Origami trees, books, a singing bear, blue cornmeal, photo calendars - and I'm certain to be forgetting something important - so forgive me if I left out something YOU sent!

12 comments:

srp said...

I read about Bobbie's passing and it reminds me of how unpredictable and fleeting life is. It seemed that she left her children a legacy of memories on her blog and that is the same reason I started mine. So that Nyssa would have memories of me and perhaps learn more about her mother and her heritage. Of course, it evolves from there.. but the memories are there for her.

As for coffee... my favorite is Creme Brulee although Highlander Grogg is a close second. I just ordered some from Bean Central.

Travelin'Oma said...

This post is a great reminder of why I blog. It's a joy in my life. I appreciate you as a blog friend.

Pat said...

The son who got me blogging in the first place is the only one to appreciate the joys of cyber friendship.
'You've got some loyal followers Mum,' he said recently.

Grannymar said...

I too value my wide circle of virtual friends. Many a real world friendship had come about from meeting through the interweb. The world of blogging certainly shortens the distance between us.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Such a sweet and true post, Judy. And it is interesting how so many who don't blog--just don't understand. The "virtual" friends is really a mis-nomer. I must say, I don't think of any of my blogger friends as virtual---They are, like you, friends, who it just happens I haven't met in the flesh.(Though, like you, there are some I have actually met 'in person'...) This really is a time honored tradition...Pen Pals, etc. One of the major differences here is we can post pictures and videos, etc., in an immediate way, that fill in these friendships in ways that are unexpalainable to those that don't participate....
I value you friendship more than I can say, my dear Judy---and this friendship goes back almost five years.....
I read Kittys words the other day and as I read, I nodded my head in assent. Indeed, Blogging has enriched my life in ways that cannot be measured.

Thanks so much for the early Birthday Wishes and the very thoughtful presents, my dear Judy.
And,
Your children don't know what they are missing....

LL Cool Joe said...

My family don't understand the way I talk about my blogging friends, or the gifts they send and the way they are always there for me. Which is more than I can say about so many real life friends.

What I love about my on-line buddies is that they don't tend to be influenced by the same things real life friends are. Age, colour, gender, status, job etc don't seem to matter. The blogging world brings all different people together.

Kay Dennison said...

I learned early in my internet days (almost 20 years now! yikes!)about the value of online friends.
I have met some of the dearest people on the planet -- including you, my sister!!!!

Arkansas Patti said...

LL Cool Joe put it well. Besides ignoring age, color and gender, we meet people that normally we might never be fortunate enough to associate with.
In my reality life, I would never have crossed paths with the likes of Naomi, Reader Wil, Judy, Robin or the many others who have entered my life. Our circles would never have crossed in a million years. What a loss that would have been.

Love that you have virtually met your "The other Judy".

Dr. Deb said...

blogging reminds me of when I used to have penpals. One was from Australia and the other from England. IT was a way of getting to know someone that was very precious - as is blogging :)

Star said...

So true . As you , and all of the previous commenters have said , I truly value my blogging friends. I like the comparison to having pen - pals. I am currently on the other side of the country from home, and have plans tomorrow to meet up with a "virtual " friend. Those who don't blog, really don't get it. They don't know what they are missing.

As for the coffee, I am going to try that toffee one. Sounds yummy.

sage said...

I've made friends with a couple of folks on facebook who share my name!

Dianne said...

you're so right
and you said it so beautifully

hugs