Friday, 7 November 2014

Forty days: Pt 20 (Happy birthday M)

It's' M's birthday today. Whenever I am feeling down on the Internet I remind myself that I MET M ON TWITTER. There she was, pretending to be a dinosaur and now she is my best friend and I feel improbably lucky  that she eventually emailed me to tell me she was the mother of dinosaurs (I had assumed she was a man, because I am a massive dinosaur sexist, apparently) and that we met.

She makes me laugh every single day and she's kind and courageous and brilliant and she has made me think about things differently, more creatively, less angrily. Where the fuck would I be without her? Mad and furious like the shouting lady who stalks down our street, probably. Imagine that! One day a green cartoon dinosaur starts chatting to you and five years later you're - digitally - inseparable, dicking around with moisturiser and stamping rude words on biscuits. What an incredible bloody gift from the world. 

As well as M, I met most of my other friends through the internet. B (sent me a video of an owl on a skateboard), Mrs Trefusis (emailed me about Molesworth, among other things) and F (I emailed her, I think about a really beautiful thing she wrote): these are people I talk to almost every day. I have been repeatedly interrupted trying to write this tonight by F making me laugh pretending to be a hawk on gchat (you had to be there, I think). And all these, and so many more, connections - friends and acquaintances and people you have great chats with or who send you book recommendations or teabags or regular updates on cephalopods or photographs of interesting pieces of taxidermy or videos of otters they have spotted - were made through a circuitous, complicated tangle of other blogs and people, the tiny sparks of interest that make you click and click again. 

I have nothing clever to say about it all at this time on a Friday night but it just feels a bit miraculous, like some incredible natural phenomenon I don't quite understand, but wonder at. Well done, modernity. And happy birthday, M, who, let us recall made me MY VERY OWN OWL IN A BOX some years ago. 




11 comments:

Betty M said...

Happy birthday M!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday M! And what a lovely post, dear Waffle. I would like to say something witty and erudite but I'm too relaxed after my Friday night aromatherapy bath & champagne treat (which in my head equates to 1930s Hollywood glamour, but in reality may simply be a weird hippy spinster/lush night - but hey, at least I smell nice) so I will simply say how much I enjoy reading your posts, and how much I am enjoying this countdown to 40.

Anonymous said...

Screw all those who say that internet is an awful place.

Happy birthday M!

Flora Fauna Dinner said...

I feel so sorry for people who don't have magical internet friends and just don't 'get it'. x

M said...

What E doesn't realise, of course, is that it is her miraculous writing, spectacular talent and top-grade idiotic humour that has brought us all to her.

Improbably lucky, I'd say.

Anonymous said...

Have had a brilliant Saturday morning lounging in bed reading through all the 40 days posts. I love your writing.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to M and the dinos, thank you for opening that door. I still steel myself for the day by getting to your page for a shot of your quick wit and grit and honesty. Brings me up short, or makes me laugh so hard. Thanks. Elsie

Jo said...

It is quite mind blowing when you actually stop to think, of all these connections,people, places, things, that you would never have come across without the internet.

Crazy Mom Tats! said...

I luff the owl. The owl says, " I HATE YOU HOOMAN."

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