Can you call someone a friend if you’ve never met them? Can a friend be someone you’ve only talked to once, or twice? Can a friend be just someone who writes kind words about a photo, blog post, or layout posted?
Read this post from Studio Calico and I believe you will alswer YES to each of those question asked above.
There have been so many lost lives lately all over the news, and I have often though, “What if one of those people lost was someone in the scrapping community?” I know this sounds a little morbid, but I often though about what would happen after? Would people come together to support the family? Would the family accept support from a bunch of scrapping friends that had never met their loved one? After this tradegy, I am honored to say that I am a part of this scrapping family. I am so proud of each and every one of you who have offered support, prayers, money, gifts, love, and much more to a family in need of so much during this difficult time. It means sooooo much to know that your loved one was also loved by so many people.
I did not have the opportunity or priviledge to ‘meet’ this dear person who so many called their friend. Aleida Frankiln touched so many people while she lived (as you can read about in the above forum link), and is now touching so many more people after her life was quickly taken from her. One of those people is ME. I spent over an hour last evening going through her blog, reading her posts about how much she loved her family, looking at her scrapping creations, weeping and realizing how very precious life was to her and should be to each of us. So, let’s not take for granted even one day, with our kids, our spouses, our parents, our friends, and yes, even our cyber friends who we’ve never met. I challenge you right now (because in the scrapbooking world that’s what we do, right?), to think of 5 people who you have not talked to, or emailed, or heard from in a while. Drop them a little note to tell them how much you appreciate them. Make a card for them, give them a phone call, a little ‘pick me up”, in honor of Aleida . NEVER take one minute for granted!
Here are some more blogs for you to read to let you know just how special this lady was to so many people: