Today, I will meet A2eatwrite, a blogosphere friend. I emailed her to let her know I would be in her town and it works with her schedule too. Whoohooo!!! A couple people are concerned that A2eatwrite will kill me. Or have me killed or raped. Or something horrible. Maybe she is really a he. Yikes!
While I jest, I do appreciate their love and concern. I will agree that there are crazy people floating around the world wide web. But there are also some really incredible people and I think I'm a fairly good judge of character. A2eatwrite is one of those wonderful people.
Some of my bloggy friends have become closer to me than I ever would have imagined. There are some, like Whittaker Woman and Lit and Laundry, that I must remind myself I have never met in person. I've sent Whittaker Woman tortilla shells and I could swear I've been to every performance of Lit and Laundry's children, yelling 'Bravo! Bravo!' at least as loud as Lit.
A couple years ago, I met The Fairy Blogmother and her family. I knew she was shy and meeting new people is one of her crippling fears (she said so on her blog) so I enticed her with a surprise and ice cream for her kids.
The blogosphere has brought some pretty incredible people back in my life like Mommy Project, Serenity Now, Rare Rocks, The Road Not Chosen, and others. We are closer now than we were when we lived nearby and saw each other daily. There are a few like Outnumbered and Beauty for Ashes that I love dearly and want to meet some day.
I owe the blogosphere a whole heap of gratitude for bringing MAM to me. I can't tell you how much I love MAM without tearing up. She really is one of the kindest, most generous, honest, smart, caring, loving, talented people I've ever had the honor of meeting. LoriRD will agree with me. I met MAM in her home! She could have killed me!!!!!
Do you remember my family themed nights? I stole that idea from Whittaker Woman. There's a bunch of stuff I stole from her - like um....Widney Woman - Whittaker Woman...Sound familiar? I never in a million years thought she would ever know about me, much less become a friend. Ragamuffin Soul is Whittaker Woman's husband. Him and J have met several times and hung out (but that's a story for another kind of blog).
Moo Moo the Christmas Cow is in our lives primarily because Lit and Laundry had a naughty elf. I was so confused at first. Then I got it. And I promised myself we would have a naughty elf the following Christmas. Only I remembered late and all that was left was one naughty cow. Lit and Laundry is the mom I want to be one day. I read her blog and learn. She is the master. I am the student. When her hips are fixed she will come to Chicago with the family and we will meet.
All this to say that while there is a lot of scary bad stuff on the web, there is a lot of good too. I'm a better mother and a better person for 'knowing' my blogosphere. They cheer me and my kids on. They cry with me when I'm sad. They give great advice and have wonderful ideas.
I've taken a lot of chances and risks in my life. Some calculated, some I stumbled into. Some were good and some weren't. But I've learned that most people are good and we need to approach life as if there is good in this world or the evil will win.