IN the past four years or more, I have developed a group of friends I have never met. When I have no one to talk to, or if I am bored, I will hop online and talk to these people. Most of the time I can catch one or two and catch up with their lives. There’s a group of us, who are all friends with each other though almost none of us has met. Last summer we had a fantastic meet-up planned and the week prior to said meet-up it all fell apart and we never did meet face-to-face.
But still, daily, we talk. I have read many studies that say internet relationships (and I don’t mean romantic) can be unhealthy because you are losing out on true human emotion and reaction. While I don’t want to ever rely solely on the net for companionship, I am sure as hell not going to deny these people whom I consider awesome.
After our plans fell through, my friends and I still talked. And, I know someday, we will still all meet. But today we tragically lost a member of our ‘group’. I was sitting in a parking lot scanning through my facebook notices on my phone when I read the awful news. Dan H.’s wife, Michelle, passed away this morning. I burst into tears. While I don’t know her personally, what I have heard of her is wonderful. Anytime anyone has mentioned Dan or Michelle they cannot help but proclaim, “They are SO NICE!” I was so looking forward to meeting them, especially Michelle. And my heart hurts because that will never happen.
My deepest sympathies go out to Dan today. He always spoke highly of his wife and I admire that in a man more than anything. And when I was thinking about his ever kind words about her, I think about the words the others in our group use to speak about their wives/husbands and girl/boyfriends. It’s always good. Sure, everyone has troubles, and everyone has hard times with the ones they hang onto ’til death do they part. But it seems I only hear positivity when it comes to these people and their relationships, and it is something I admire. And furthermore, it makes me want to know these people better.
I don’t know how to end this, I just wish for peace for you, Dan.