It’s Friday – the day where I join other bloggers and take five short minutes to just write from the heart. Five Minute Friday is hosted by Gypsy Mama and this week’s prompt is in real life.
I love the opportunities for meeting people via the internet. I have connected with other bloggers and other crafters. I have connected with other birthmothers and other parents of special needs kiddos. I have been able to receive more support and meet more people in situations similar to mine because of the internet. I don’t think I could meet the variety of birthmothers and parents of special needs children in a real life support group versus the mass numbers I have been able to get to know online.
My birthson turns 10 in 11 days. Just weeks after he was born and placed with his adoptive parents in an open adoption, I turned to the internet looking for support. I began an online friendship with another birthmother, Lani. We supported each other via email and phone calls and months later, met for the first time “in real life.”
Around the time our kids turned one, we decided birthmothers needed a central place where we could go and meet other birthmothers for support. Thus, BirthMom Buds was born.
Through BirthMom Buds, I have been able to meet SO many birthmothers. I consider many of these women some of my closet, dearest friends. I have been lucky enough to meet some of these dear friends “in real life” while others I haven’t had the privilege yet. But regardless of whether we have met “in real life” or not, we are supportive of one another. We are friends. Just friends with no “in real life” or “online” before it. Just friends who are all so different but yet share a common bond and are there for one another.