Today, with all the sadness surrounding little Maddie Sphor’s death, I’ve been amazed at the power of the web.
People have given money to help with Maddie’s funeral costs. (If you’d like to give to that, go to paypal.com, click Send Money. Enter the email address email@example.com and the amount you’d like to give.)
At one point today, Maddie’s March of Dimes fundraiser site was getting an average of one $20 donation every 30 seconds! It’s now reached over $13,000.
All of this made me start to think about the definition of friends. Dictionary.com defines a friend as “a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard”. I think it’s obvious from the outpouring today that there are feelings of affection for Maddie, Mike and Heather.
Maggie said it better, but no matter how many people look at me like I’m crazy when I talk about my “bloggy friends” or “Tweeties”…I will no longer apologize for talking about the friends I’ve met online. I will not let myself feel self-concious for asking you to pray for them. (I wouldn’t if I was asking for a friend I know in real life!) These people are real, and they’re real friends. Just think of Twitter as the watercooler for my stay-at-home job. But unlike most people, I get to chose my co-workers. I bet you wish you could do that, huh? 🙂