Tuesday, October 23, 2012
I joined Sparkpeople with the sole intent of getting a program to lose weight. I had no idea this was also a social networking site and, at first, I had no interest in that part of SP. My kids and grandkids are into social networking but it held no interest for me. As a pre-baby boomer I didn't understand how you could call someone you have never met a friend. Now I understand and my bride of 48 years doesn't mind me having female friends. Well, as long as they are virtual friends she doesn't mind.
I find that I can be a friend to someone I've never met. When they accomplish something I can feel their joy at what they've done and it's always easy to say the right thing then. When they hurt I feel their pain and it hurts more because all I can do is type words and hope they help. Sometimes I just can't seem to find the right words no matter how hard I try so I probably say something dumb. So friend, I wish I always had the right words but I'm just a guy and we both know that guys don't always get it right.
I have this special friend here and she's gone through a long rough time. We'll never meet but we did connect because she reminds me of my daughters who have gone through the same or similar struggles. On more than one occasion when my daughters have gone through rough times I would sit on the couch, put my arm around them, and they would lean against my chest and cry. Sometimes I could solve their problems but usually not. However, they told me that it helped them to have someone who would listen and care. I hope that I can be that someone for this special friend. I won't always say the right thing but I will listen and I do care. You'll get through this Lady.
Enjoy the ride,