"If there is at least one person in your life whom you consider to be a close friend, and who you would not have met without the internet, post this sentence in your journal."
That was in my daughter's journal, and I'm giving it considerable thought. You see, I just don't let folks get too chummy; not all THAT close. My husband is the one friend I consider "close".
Cliff has often said to me, "You don't need people". In some ways, he's right. But of course, we all need people. Otherwise, why would I spend hours of my life connecting with strangers on the Internet, whether it be by reading their journals, or spending short periods in chat rooms. Surely I'm looking for something.
And what defines "close"? I think of close friends as those who go shopping together often, share the same hobbies, go to parties together... that sort of thing. Then I thought of another way to figure this thing out.
If there is someone to whom you'd give a kidney if she were dying, to save her life... I'd say that is a close friend. And if that defines it, then yes: I have some close friends online.
Or, if there's someone with whom you'd spend a night, or invite to spend time at your house... is that a close friend? If so, I do have some close Internet friends.
Perhaps, all these years, I've expected too much out of "close" friends.
Thanks, Rachel, for putting my mind to work so early in the morning.