News sources have been insistent that social media and all of the electronic means of communication are ruining us as a society, that we’re becoming more disconnected and distant. As an optimist, I can’t agree with that view.
As a blogger I am touched by the encounters I’ve experienced with people from all over the world. Their sincere kindness and their willingness to take time out of their day to read, and yes, sometimes respond with comments (sometimes not) moves me. You and I both know how busy life can be, whether you’re a full time worker, like some of my blog friends (including me), retired, or somewhere in between, LIFE IS BUSY!
This line of thought came to me when out of the blue I received a message from a woman in another state that was paring down. I can relate. She decided to sell some of her things through consignment, one item was a set of Pierre Deux stone coasters. When she Googled Pierre Deux coasters, my post of the coasters being on my wish list came up. She contacted me and asked if I would like her set. For shipping costs only, I will receive a gift from a stranger.
This delightful surprise and the chats that I’ve enjoyed with friends I’ve never met from blogging brought to mind the excitement I felt, as a grade-school girl when our 3rd grade teacher put our class in touch with a classroom in Germany. These children became our pen pals. For a few years my pen pal and I would write to each other sharing our school events and happenings. I’m sorry to say I lost touch with her about the time we would have entered middle school, no surprise, I suspect other pursuits began to interest her.
Have you ever had a pen pal? If you’re a blogger, share with me one of the most memorable, random acts of kindness someone in blog land has bestowed upon you.