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Forums are probably one of the best things about the internet. They are usually focused around a single topic or interest so joining one allows you to immerse yourself in that single interest and share it with others that are just as passionate about it.
If you stick around long enough you inevitably start to make connections with other people. And by and large these connections are usually casual, but since you share this same interest it feels more than say a casual conversation you might strike up with a stranger while sitting next to them in a bar or on a plane.
Occasionally, though a deeper connection occurs and through private message the conversation goes deeper. You are more free to share additional details about your life and experiences. Thirty years ago people would have scoffed at the idea of making meaningful friendships with people you may never meet in person. It’s funny though, because it has happened to me on more than one occasion on various forum sites. But it occurred most recently for me here on CDH. Many of us come here because we are alone or are seeking answers. Both of those reasons apply to me. Here I find community in an area of my life that if spoken about publicly would be heavily rediculed and in some circumstances be met with hostility or violence. That is why this forum is such a valuable place. Here we can connect and discuss freely our joys, problems, and concerns. And when we do we are greeted by caring words, encouragement, and kindness.
Not too long ago I private messaged another member and that single conversation has grown into what I consider a good and wonderful friendship. Like all good friendships it happened when I wasn’t necessarily looking for a friend, but our words back and forth caused one to form, and for that I am immensely grateful.
Last night my friend presented me with a gift. It was handcrafted and personalized. The affect of this gift was probably much more impactful than my friend would have expected. It reminded me of my mother who I lost when I was 8yo and it validated who I am today or rather who I have always been. To capture that much of a person through a single gift represents a rare talent.
I tend to be a bashful gift giver myself so I will refrain from naming my friend as she knows who she is, and she is a very awesome woman! I thanked her last night, but it didn’t feel like enough. I hope this message conveys the level of gratitude I felt last night when I opened her email.
To my friend – thank you. I will treasure this gift with as much care as I treasure this friendship 💕.
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