Saturday, August 8, 2009
Online Friends really make a Difference
I have heard many people say that online friends aren’t real. Some have even gone so far as to say,
"Susan, you need to get a life and get off the computer."
Maybe some people believe this statement to be true, but not me!
I’ve witnessed firsthand the outpouring of love by musicians worldwide when my sister passed away. Even today, 3 years later, her internet friends are remembering Mary with love and kindness.
She was a musician and truly left her mark on the hearts of many.
Many a day I receive email from some of her online friends – people I have never met. They share memories and keep my sister’s spirit alive – an act of kindness that I find so comforting. I’m deeply touched by the tributes paid to my sister and want the world to know that you have helped me and mine get through a very difficult time in all that you have said and done. You really made a difference!
One of Mary’s friends wrote and posted the following -
“The untimely and tragic death of one of MP3 Unsigned's most loved artists, Canadian singer/songwriter Mary Gottschalk has cast a pall of sadness over that site that is almost palpable. To those people who say that online life is not ‘real’ or ‘relevant’ I can only shake my head in wonder. Friends are friends, online or off it. In my books, Mary Gottschalk was my friend and I am overwhelmed by the impact her death has had on me and the many others her life has touched in that special way she had… Even now - as I write these words ... I still have tears rolling down my cheeks and I don’t care because she touched me deeply and I’m not afraid to say that I loved her and will miss her terribly.”
The following video, more so the song - is something I hold dear. My sister was writing the music before she passed away but didn't have the opportunity to write the lyrics. Two of her online friends wrote the lyrics after her death and dedicated it to her.
Remembering my little sister, Mary
Online friends are just as real as real life friends - sometimes more.
To all my friends here - I'm so glad that our keyboards have touched.
Love and hugssss
Susan (a real person) xo