Making new friends.
It's a sad morning for me. I've hinted in other threads that I also belong to a Mac IRC (internet relay chat) channel. That chat window runs 24/7. Over the years, I've come to make friends with people across oceans and continents. And here, I've begun to do the same. And over time, fast friends are made. There are some wonderful folks here, eagerly willing to help and explain the simplest thing. We do the same in the irc channel with computer and software related questions.
So while it is a good thing to grow these relationships, there is a serious downside to it. Last evening, a young lady, from Ireland, lost her mother in an automobile accident. She was like a daughter to me, she called me 'dad'. And all I could do was offer words of condolence. Words. Such a pitiful response when comfort was called for. The phone call I made didn't help much. And there are other times when friends simply need help, whether it's financial, medical or just a hand, but distance prohibits any. I'm in a position where I can send a check, now and again, in desperate times. I've been there, too.
While computers and trains are the catalyst for bonds that are made, it is the friendship that I value most. So when there is a hurt or a need, the hopelessness of distance bears heavily.
There is no response necessary for this post. It's just something I had to say.