Thursday, September 3, 2009

Not-so-far-away friends

I've been feeling pretty down the past few days. It was nice to be at my sister's cabin for a few days last week, enjoying the fresh mountain air, but on the drive back all I could think about was the mountain of work I have to do to get ready to leave again in a few weeks when our remodel project starts. Then, I'd only been home a few days when I found mold on one of the bathroom walls we weren't planning to take out. Ughhh! I hate that stuff! Black, slimy, gooey, yucky. . .

So here I was tonight, sitting at my computer, trying to get some work done before our weekend company arrives, feeling sorry for myself and more than a little overwhelmed, when up pops an email from my friend Celia in Wisconsin. Now, I've never actually met Celia, only through email, but I feel like I've known her forever. Accompanying her email were pictures of a family wedding--happy smiling faces of people she loves. It was just what I needed to pull me out of my blue funk.

MCS is such a lonely, isolating disease. It's easy to get depressed and believe that no one cares. But this magical mysterious thing called the internet connects us through cyberspace with people in all parts of the world. I may not have many friends right here in Helena, Montana, but I do have friends in far-away places like Wisconsin, Arizona, Oklahoma, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, Canada and even India. They are as close as my desk or my laptop computer (which goes everywhere with me).

Thanks and (cyber)hugs to all of you, my not-so-far-away friends.


Becca said...

Hi Mom, I wish I could be there with you to give you some company and some rolls to kiss and snuggle (Jack's, not mine . . :)). Sorry about the mold; do you think it might have a mind of its own?

CatherineWO said...

Yes, Becca, the mold clearly has a mind of its own. I see it as this living, breathing organism which is invading MY space and MY air. Nasty, nasty stuff.

Ruth R. said...

Catherine, I can identify with your mold is indeed nasty stuff! I lost my health and my husband (and ability to work in public places) to mold. Recently I had to break a lease on an apt. that I had not even moved into yet...due to mold around the air conditioner. The landlord took such a lackadasical attitude about it, but it is such a big deal to me. I wish you the best with your remodeling project! You are brave, and stronger than you realize, I think.