Those of you familiar with blogs and message boards know the difference between "online friends" and "IRL (in real life) friends." I have actually found that my online friends are every bit my real friends as the ones I have actually seen face-to-face, so it's just icing on the cake every time I get to meet one of those "imaginary" friends and put them into the category of IRL.
Last week, I got to meet a friend I've known online for a really long time. I used to be big into scrapbooking (I still like to do it, really! For instance, I went to a crop last night, but mostly I don't do it much anymore) and submitting pages for publication in scrap magazines and hanging out at scrapbooking message boards and stuff. Sharyn, who is still big into scrapbooking, was on all the same message boards as I was. She was (is) known as Torm, and everybody loves her. Read her blog, and you'll see why.
As it turns out, she grew up here. Right in this little place we have learned to love. Her mom still lives here, along with plenty of other family and friends, so she comes up to visit. And we got to meet in real life last week.
She's just as I had imagined her to be. Except shorter (I always think people will be as tall as I am, which is kind of silly since I am on the tall side). We met (on a VERY windy day) at the Chutes and Ladders park and the kids played while we visited. Bria and Wendy are only four days apart in age, and I think they hit it off pretty well. At least, Bria keeps talking about her and asking when she'll get to see her again.
Bria is on the tall side, too, apparently.
And that is how it goes, folks. Slowly, but surely, all my online friends are moving to the side of IRL. I love that.