Remember when you were a kid and your best friend meant everything? That friendship was so intense that it often crossed over to awkward and uncomfortable competitiveness and jealousy. Like the worst thing that could happen to you at that age was your best friend hooking up with some other girl and dropping you for that person. As adults, I think it’s hard to replicate that same kind of intense friendship, and for years I yearned for close girlfriends like I had in high school who I could call at a drop of a hat whenever I needed. It was a big void in my life for many years and these days I do feel like I have a few friendships that come close, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit insecure and solitary. In the past few months, however, I have met up with several people who I’ve met online through Twitter (yeah, call me a geek. My friends do). Aside from this disappointment, I have met Mari, Catherine (who shares the same birthday as me), and Re Jin (whose wonderful bowls are shown above).
It’s so weird to think that I converse with my online friends daily and more often than my real life friends (through little 48×48 px avatars, no less), but I’ve enjoyed each and every face to face meeting I’ve had so far and hope that some of these virtual friendships move into real-life friendships. Who would ever think that you’d be able to make friends from strangers you meet online?? Although now I’m reminded that I met a group of moms in my neighborhood 5 years ago from a parenting message board (the old urbanbaby for those of you that know) and although we’re now in 3 different countries after years of weekly playdates, we’re still in touch. It used to be hard to meet people, especially for hermits like me who work from home all day, but not so anymore. And thank god.