I have lots of friends I know online. Some I have actually met. Others have been to many of the same places as I have. Still others were friends long ago, and we have reconnected online.
And then there is the special case of Amber. I got to know Amber online when I was searching Steph’s blogroll. Almost immediately I felt like genuinely liked Amber – her openness, her sense of humor, her energy, her engaging smile – and I have been reading her blog for some while. Recently, though, Amber has been struggling with some very deep issues in her life, and as a result, much to my chagrin, she stopped blogging.
She remained active on FaceBook, however, and with the aid of a few instant messages, she and I have had a couple of really breakthrough phone conversations. I was right about her: I really do like her.
Amber would love to come to visit us and our various tiny animals, and I know Abby would like her as much as I do. She’s invited, and she knows that. Even if we never meet, though, I think Amber is my friend, and I am hers.