Good days are something I don’t hear about from a lot of people unless they are suffering from chronic health issues or if they’ve had a difficult time in their lives. However, I like to look at my days and find the good in each one. Today, was better than good for me. It was a day of friends and fireflies.
I was able to spend my day with my dear friend and colleague, Leticia Barr, from Tech Savvy Mama. She was hosting a blogger event and knowing I was in town, invited me to come and spend the day with her. It was perfect. We don’t get to see each other often enough, yet we talk daily. Actually, we’re on Skype all day long, co-working virtually, 500 miles away. We’re also pretty sure we share a brain, but that’s a story for another day.
After stopping off for crepes at the Silver Spring Farmers Market, Leticia and I shopped for costumes for the UbiSoft party at the upcoming Type-A Parent Conference, picked up her CSA share and headed back to her place. There, we caught up on work, discussed our to-do lists and celebrated the fact that we were going to see each other three weekends in a row.
It’s the little things.
Social media and my work in the field and brought me connections never dreamed by our ancestors. My husband and I met in a chat room in 1998 and many of our close friends live only as far away as the click of a mouse.
Having made these connections that have turned into true relationships is wonderful and difficult at the same time. Because the people that get you, that really know you, don’t live next door. You can’t just ring someone up and say “grab the kids and meet us for dinner at 6pm.” We have to plan and sometimes only get to see each other once a year.
Our friend Doug lives north of San Francisco and we’ve not seem him since Peanut was two. We met online in 1998. Have vacationed together and he was in our wedding. We miss seeing him and while we get to see his family grow online, the absence of his physical presence is felt strongly.
That’s the great thing about social media; the building of amazing relationships, no matter how big or small they are. It’s also one of the more difficult things about social media. The ones who really do get you, and that you’d love to spend day in and day out with,eede leaves you wishing you could do something as simple as walk next door and borrow a cup of sugar from them.
As I was leaving Leticia’s tonight, I was trying to Instagram a firefly I had caught tonight. It flew away and I gave up, bummed I had missed my chance. As my husband put the car in resverse, Leticia came walking swiftly back.
She had a firefly.