31 January 2011

$2,747 and A Princess

"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."

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One of the things about blogging, for me anyway, is the connections I've made to far-flung people who I'd never otherwise have met. Some of those connections are just bits and bytes - I might know real names and mailing addresses, but we've never been in the same room. But others have morphed into real life - we've shared meals and exchanged birthday presents and talked on the phone and hung out at BlogHer. Apropos of I can't remember what, I said to my husband one day "I have a rich on-line life" - he laughed at me, because of the pomposity of my delivery, but really, I do, I have a rich on-line life. Don't get me wrong - there are terrific people in my real life, in my neighborhood, at work, but the people I've met here in this little forum have added something tangible and wonderful, I've found my tribe.

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Remember how I wouldn't shut up about my birthday? This is the last post, I promise, but I just had to say this: I'm really thrilled to have raised more than $2,700 for my two Crowdrise projects - $1,958 for my workplace, and $789 for the daycare that my daughter attended. And the contributions came from all over - from family, from old friends, from new friends, from on-line friends. Thank you all - you know who you are - my posse, my family, my tribe.

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Do you know Susan? Do you know Susan's Princess-Who-Can-Defend-Herself? Susan has a tribe behind her, because no princess fights alone. See look, over to the right? Tribe member, reporting for duty. Because of Susan, I also joined the Army of Women. Somehow they work together: Princess-Who-Can-Defend-Herself in the Army of Women Tribe.

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Somehow, the threads always weave themselves together - into a tangled mat, or a glorious tapestry - but they come together always.


FreshHell said...

I was thinking similar thoughts the other day. I love my online friends. <3 Happy Birthday!!

Bibliomama said...

Oh buggerfuck. I do know Susan, virtually, but I didn't know about the new cancer. Guess I better report for duty too.

I couldn't agree more -- my online life has added immeasurably to my non-online one (which isn't necessarily realer).

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My February will be much brighter because I'm meeting Green Girl from Wisconsin when she comes to San Diego and Jen Rants & Raves when I go to Pennsylvania.

What a wonderful birthday!

mayberry said...

Love love love your birthday project. So great.

Janet said...

I know just what you mean!!! I was so happy yesterday to get through my colonoscopy with flying colors and one of the first things I did when I got home was share that on Facebook!

Anonymous said...

Those connections with other people are what make our ordinary lives grand and glorious, victorious over oblivion. I don't think that really CAN be overstated.

Anonymous said...

Yes. Yes they do.

I'm so glad to be your friend.


Julie Pippert said...

It's one beautiful, tribal quilt -- this post. Amen to realizing we are rich in connections. We really have managed to make something good, even just it the not quite 2 years since that post I wrote.

And YAHOO! about the successful birthday fundraising!!!

xoxoxo to you