When I think about Alison, I rarely recall that she lives a world away in Malaysia. Instead, I think of her good nature, amazing support (she is usually the very first comment I revive on any given blog post) and beautiful words that I never miss on her newly revamped, Writing, Wishing.
Although I hope to someday, I’ve never Alison in real life and yet I consider her a friend.
And I know I’m not alone.
That’s the beauty of technology, the Internet and the blogging community.
I am proud to have Alison here today sharing a heartfelt letter to all her friends in the computer.
“A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?”
― Kahlil Gibran
My dearest blogging buddies,
I’m writing this letter to you today to thank you.
To thank you for being a friend. Not just any friend, not just an online friend, but a true friend.
People who don’t blog or participate in any form of social media will never understand the depth of friendships that develop over keystrokes and this screen which separates us (okay, oceans that separate us).
You were there for me through my second pregnancy, where I battled anxiety over whether I could handle two children.
You assured me that I can do this.
You were there for me through the times when I thought I’d lose it in the midst of the terrible twos with my toddler.
You told me that I was doing great, doing my best and that I’d get through it.
You were there for me when I was going through a blogging burnout.
You had my back, said you’ll wait for me to get my groove back, and you did.
You were there for me to celebrate the birth of my second son.
Your many tweets, messages, emails, comments buoyed me through the first hard month of adjusting to a new routine.
You were there for me when I questioned my writing, my blog presence.
You supported me through it all by continuing to read my words, to share yours with me.
My friends, you have no idea how much you mean to me.
Now, I hope you do.
Your faraway, but true friend, Alison
Tonya, thank you for asking me to be here today. Know that this letter, is for you too. xo