In 2009 the Queen's Christmas speech was very anti virtual cyber friends. According to our (clever) Queen, it wasn't the same as meeting someone in person, talking to them face to face. A few weeks later she twittered (well, the State's Information Service in her name) that she hadn't meant it to sound so harsh.
Back in the autumn I talked about this with Carolina when she came to help me with my garden. And she and I both agreed that we didn't understand what the Queen was on about. After all, we had met because we had 'met' online!
A little while later I got an e-mail from Kay in Canada. She and her husband were coming to Europe for a holiday and would I like to meet up for lunch? Of course I would. We have been e-mailing back and forth for the last few months about the date, their trip (and any suggestions I have) and other stuff.
And then yesterday I found a little package in my letterbox. I knew a package was coming from Crystal who lives in the United States of America, but didn't know what was going to be in it. So it was a wonderful surprise to see a beautiful and very intriguing book inside. At first glance it looks like some sort of correspondence and there are even letters in envelopes inside the book!! Thank you so much Cry for this beautiful present!
She may be clever our Queen, but she really doesn't have a clue about this. I have made friends I would otherwise never have known, let alone meet. I learn a lot about other people and find out we're not all that different. But it shows as well, that even though you might never meet some of your cyber friends, it doesn't mean they are less of a friend!