I am so happy to have friends, and I’ll tell you what’s better, when a long distance friend comes to visit.
One of my very closest friends has come to Florida to visit me!! Judy and I “met” almost 15 years ago online, both participants of an online AOL group for moms expecting babies in January 1998. We called our selves the JanMoms, and our kids the JanBabies and the rest is history. This group of 50+ women became incredibly close and our discussions were more than just about our babies and kids. There were a few “conventions” where moms met, families met, etc. Regionally some moms became great friends and others also traveled greater distances to finally meet face to face.
Living in central Florida has it’s advantages and so when friends vacation in Disney World or other theme parks I have an opportunity to see them. Judy first visited in @ 8 years ago and we felt we’d known each other forever!! I’ve since traveled to NJ to see both of her girl’s Bat Mitzvah’d, and she’s been here just a couple of years ago too. While 1000 miles separate us she is perhaps my very closest friend, she knows all my secrets and fears and hopes and dreams.
Judy and I are still part of that crazy JanMom’s group, now moved to facebook and over 40 members. Those babies are now 14 and driving us crazy!!!
So I’m off to play a couple days with my friend!!