Sunday, July 8, 2007
Long Distance Relationships
As I may have stated before, other than the two women I work with, I have no close friends. Close as in physically close by, nor close as in best friends for life. I have however, met two very special people in my genealogy research that have become very dear to me. I've met several nice people, and some of them I wanted to maintain a relationship with, but for some reason or another, we lost touch, moved apart, or life got in our way. Not so with "Y" and "J" as I will refer to them for privacy's sake. I did meet Y once in person while I was doing my famous "cemetery hopping". (If you are confused, refer to my 8 Random Things post.) She and I have family resting in Crossroads Cemetery in Cleveland County, AR. I met "J" doing research as well, but have never set eyes on her. I've seen photos, but that just doesn't cut it. She took the job of maintaining the Cleveland County Rootsweb website when I had to take a break. A seven year break, and now I am again the coordinator. Anyway, these two are ALWAYS there for me. They may be quiet for a while, but if I am in pain, need to vent, or just need a friendly hello, they answer my email immediately. They have read message after message where I have poured my heart, anger, and fear out. I hope I have been there for them in the same way. The miracle of internet access is wondrous. I would feel even lonelier than I do, if I didn't have it. It's a necessity to me now, much like electric power, heat, phone..... I want to tell them how much they have meant to me. I thank both of them from the bottom of my heart. Y, I hope we can connect again soon. J, I really want to see you and hug you in person at least once.