Friday, February 15, 2008

Cyberfriends - In rememberance of Sara

Definition: Friends you talk to online through messageboards and chatrooms but haven't met in real life.

There's a forum that I go to quite frequently and have been going to for many years. I can vent, celebrate, and whine if I need to. I give my opinions and advice (hopefully good). I ask questions and look for other's ideas. I've never met any of the women or the one known man who also post there in real life even though I "talk" to many of them almost daily. Is it possible to really have friends you never met?

Yes, I think it is. Three years ago today, our forum friend Sara died from an aneurysm. She was 39. She had gone to bed with a headache posting that she'd be back on later that evening. She never logged on again. The next day, her husband let us know what happened. Sara was a practicer of Wicca and her screen name was White Witch. People from all over went to OK to go to her crossover. I saw pictures and it looked like a beautiful ceremony. People still remember Sara, quote her, and laugh as they retell some of her stories. That's especially true today as we are remembering the last time we "talked" with her. When Sara died, I felt the loss of a friend. It didn't matter that I had never seen her except in a picture she posted online. She always seemed to know when people weren't feeling well or were down. Out of the blue, she'd send a PM letting you know she was thinking of you and wishing you well. I don't give out my address online but people who do have talked about surprises they'd find in the mail from her. Sara was opinionated but would listen to your side of an issue.

Sara, I hope wherever you are, there are lots of poptarts. Rest in peace.

1 comment:

Dan and Sharon Curry said...

I'm sorry to hear of your loss Paula. Even if you never met her personally, it doesn't make it any easier when you lose someone that is very precious to you. She sounded like a wonderful person!