who is a friend?

I read this blog post (about the post author’s friend surviving cancer) on my Google Reader feed. On my reader, the blog is called “misc.” and the author is “t.t.”And I thought, well, that’s really wonderful. I didn’t recognize the blog and I figured it was someone I had pulled off of the RevGal site who didn’t post very often, so I didn’t really know much about her, or have any sense of who she was. Then I saw the next post on the blog linked on that ubiquitous social networking site and I realized the author of the post was a friend In Real Life. Huh.

So I’m thinking about friends and acquaintances and old friends and new friends and physical friends and virtual friends and Friends I Miss While They Are Away (even though their virtual presence continues and has, in fact, picked up) and I’m not sure where I’m going with it, but there it is.

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2 Responses to who is a friend?

  1. Leslie says:

    The lines of friends and acquaintances and online buddies blur a lot these days, don’t they? For the most part, I think that’s a good thing. I’ve seen several work/school acquaintances convert to online connections because of various logistical circumstances. And once in a while, the online interaction goes all alchemical and upgrades the simple acquaintanceship into what I think of as an actual friendship…including, I think, in our own case. And I call that a win. 🙂

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