We learned today that we lost a Ravelry friend to a tragic car accident. We were supposed to meet her for the first time in Virginia, but last minute family obligations kept her from coming. Now we'll never get the chance.
Mom and I both sat there in tears, separated by 80 km (she was at home, I was at work, but talking on Skype.) digesting the news, when she said "I don't know how I can get so upset about someone I don't even really know." But we are.
And it got me thinking - just because you've never met someone physically, does that mean you don't know them?
I often talk to Dave or coworkers about my blog and Ravelry friends. And that's the simple truth - though I've met very, very few of them you in person. I do consider you friends. Through the blog and Ravelry chat rooms we all share bits of our lives. From our shared passion for knitting, has bloomed a friendship based on cat stories and yarn. You share tales about your kids and grandkids, I share stories about my nieces. We relate over the dilemma of giant-man-feet and knitting never-ending socks for them.
Whether through the blog or Ravelry, we "chat" almost every day. Physicality doesn't determine a friendship - a kind word, a shared passion travels miles, and post by post, comment by comment, true friendships are built.
And Nevergiveup, dear Vicki, your quips, your comments and your kindness will be sorely missed on the Ravelry boards.