11 months ago
Monday, September 14, 2009
What is a friend? Nowadays with the computer age, the definition of friendship has expanded. Now there are many venues with which to make friends, more than there used to be. When I was growing up, in order to discuss things with people far away, you wrote a letter, there were pen-pal clubs. I had a pen pal friendship with a girl in England. We wrote back and forth for about a year, then it just kind of died off. What about online friends. I've been online now since around the spring of 1994. I remember because we bought our house in the fall of 93, and got the internet that following spring. I found Yahoo chat, and had acquaintances, that were 'friends'. But you know, I only keep in touch with one out of all the people from that time. I count her as a friend. The others were merely acquaintances. She emails me stuff about her children, and we keep up with each others lives. That to me is what a friendship is more than just idle chit-chat. I was on a ladies email list, that I still talk to a few ladies from, that I count as friends, and when we went to Washington, went through Idaho and met one lady and her family, went to church with them, had a great time. But I haven't talked to her in quite a while. People come and go on the internet. What about people that you see about town? Do they come and go out of your life? And are they always there for you, reciprocating, never failing, a shoulder you can count on?