Sunday, February 14, 2010

Day 133

A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?' The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other. There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said: You got male.

I can't take the credit for that LOL gem - it was the email joke of the week recently. But it highlights to me what I knew all along, that being in the world of singledom is a very different experience than it was when I was out there 15 years ago. I wish I was single and out there in the dating game. No, I don’t really but at least it would give me something to write about. I am safe in the sanctity of marriage and as comfortable as it is, and as safe as it can be, I am really missing out on some pearlers. I mean, I can chat about the things my hubby gets up to to keep our relationship “alive” and I can complain about the normality and challenges of living with a human Labrador, but I quite simply can’t commentate on life out there in the world of single-dom.

The online world offers infinite opportunities to meet people. You can connect on line, date on line, create friendships on line, catch up with blasts from the past on line. My first online reality was email of course and the ability to write quickly and immediately to my bestie over in Pennsylvania. That sure beat the snail mail option and the middle of the night phone calls as we failed regularly to get the time difference right. I started my first blog in 2006. It is my family photo album and on line version of the photocopied letter that you send to all and sundry to update them on your happenings. I started it because my friends are scattered all over Australia and the world so it was the easiest way for me to stay in touch. Well, for them to stay in touch with me. It was around the same time we got Skype which allowed me to have face-to-face cup of tea with Pennsylvanian friend even if one was in their PJs on their way to bed, and the other was in their PJs just having woken up. Then I found Facebook. I wasn't overly impressed with Facebook to begin with because ... well ... it wasn't a blog. But I put my blog-snobbing to the side for a bit to check it out. I am now Facebook friends with a whole class full of people I went to school with 25 years ago and I can tell you, that without the online wonders we would NEVER have reconnected. Many of us are now driving hours to meet for coffee and catch up on a quarter century of gossip. Yes, it makes for a very long coffee ....

But now I am finding something else! The friendship of fellow blog dogs. Finding comfort in the knowledge that there are thousands of bloggers riding the blogatron. And better than that, that there are people out there who actually want to read mine!! DAILY!!! And they give me awards to acknowledge my blogging abilities. How special. I feel very honoured indeed. It is for that reason I award Kelly http://kellyansapansa.blogspot.com/ and Kara http://diaryofsmudgeandspider.blogspot.com/ with the You Are My Sunshine Award for being such supportive and regular commenters. It just so happens that Kelly (according to her blog profile) met her soon-to-be-husband on line and Kara too has a whole world of online friendships and budding beaus. This award and today's post are applicable to you on so many levels.

So on Valentine's 2010 I pay homage to the world of online communication which creates and maintains fabulous relationships! May cyber space continue to bring joy and sunshine to the lives of many. But may it not take the place of face-to-face flesh filled friendships. A virtual hug or kiss (or even a Facebook poke) is nothing like the real thing.

Happy Valentine's Day Deep Fried Fruit Followers :)
x x x x x

2 comments :

  1. Aww, thank you so much, I feel so honoured!

    Yes, I met my fiance on an internet dating site. I also have a growing number of great real-life friends who I met via the internet. It certainly has opened up my social realm and blogging has taken that even further. Great post!

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  2. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for the award Leanne. If you want so singledom anecdotes feel free to give me a buzz. I am seeing it as a sign that I need to move on out of the ACT, that is my lack of romance etc. Mind you Spider is mister cuddle purry bum at the moment.

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