It is amazing the people we meet through our computers. Back in 2001, I joined a forum called Country Life. I met a wonderful group of folks. We shared so much together. We had swaps, chatted, traded ornaments and even had a gift exchange. I couldn't wait to go online each day to see what everyone was up to. Our relationships even extended into snail mail and on one very special occasion I got to meet one of my fellow "Lifer's". She went by the handle, EWhit and at the time she was living in Florida but had family in Montana. When she came up to visit them, we set up a meeting in my town. I was so thrilled because she had always been a favorite of mine. We both had such a great time, eating Chinese food, giving each other little gifts and chatting like we saw each other each day. And in a way, we did "see" each other every day. The visit came to a close all to soon, and as I pulled out of the parking lot, I rolled my window down and yelled, "I miss you already!" This was to become our catch phrase thru the years.
She went on to move to Tennessee, a dream of hers. The forum changed; sadly, and alot of people left. It became too hard to see a place that I had loved so much, fall apart, and then I too left. EWhit and I wrote notes to each other and emailed occasionally but it wasn't like being in the forum. I would send her cards on the holidays and we would always sign our notes with our catch phrase. Her health started to fail but she still went on and she had such spirit. This Halloween I sent her a little card with little bits of confetti inside (I knew she would get a kick out that) and told her I missed her still. Today I received a note from her husband, that Erma had passed away in September. Pneumonia had taken my friend. I am very sad, but today I am thinking about all the great moments we had and for one last time,
"My dear friend, I miss you already."
Always, Kit (KK)