I hate to be repetitive but God has blessed me with amazing friends. This week, I’m thankful for the online friends that I have yet to meet in person.
First up is Seye, web developer and internet rockstar who I have been blessed to know for over a year now. If I had to describe him in two words, I’d use enthusiastic and helpful. From our first contact, to his reactions to life, I was charmed by how excited he gets about things and how he loves people and helping them out. In fact he has to be careful not to be taken advantage of by people (hmm, maybe I shouldn’t mention that here…). If I mention something related to web design or development that frustrates me Seye will drop what he’s working on and try to help me in whatever way he can, even when I tell him I don’t want his help. The problem with me is I want to be an web design rockstar and I’m not at all, so when I try things and they fail, I become frustrated and even though I’m 30.5 I cry when I’m frustrated. It’s kind of embarrassing to admit but unless I stop getting frustrated, I think this little “quirk” of mine is here to stay.
Anyway, I had a meltdown one evening this month and Seye was really there for me. I don’t need to go into detail but suffice to say I was really blessed that he was around when I was having my “moment” because his words really helped me get some perspective.
This week I received a surprise package in the mail from Anne, owner of Jewellery By Anne! If you remember, she was one of the sponsors of the giveaway I had earlier this year to celebrate the one-year anniversary of my blog (which reminds me: that that time of year is coming again…)! She has been telling me for literal years that she would send me a little something one of these days but she’s had quite an exciting life of late so it slipped my mind (but not hers!). She didn’t have my new address so when I went to visit my parents I picked up the package: a matching bracelet, necklace and earring set, and a beaded clutch! I’m planning on wearing the set to church on Christmas eve.
And then there is my cousin, Ruthie. We’re not blood cousins but we certainly are real cousins. We didn’t meet online, but the internet has played a huge role in our keeping in touch with each other for the past couple of years. When our family immigrated to Canada, her family was already living here (she was born here). I’m not sure how our families got together but there is undoubtedly a story, something related to the Nigerian network that operates in diaspora (you know how Nigerians always find each other). Anyway, our families really got close and there are many similarities between our families: both have four children, two boys and two girls, she and I are both the eldest and we both wore glasses from an early age (this was important back when we were eight and six years of age I think). Ruthie is my sister’s age, so you’d think they’d be closer but I think birth order trumped age because we were definitely closer than they are. Our family moved from where her family lives 19 years ago and we weren’t in contact until facebook came into our lives. Since then Ruthie and I have been in contact almost daily, and it’s pretty awesome.
In addition to being thankful for these people, I’m thankful for the medium that brought us together. The internet is now an essential part of my life and maybe I shouldn’t admit it but it is! I am so thankful for it.