Here we are - me in front of my big Mac, you in front of your tech tube, connecting again via the dub-dub-dub. Though the world wide web and e-mail have been around for me since 1993, I feel like this is my first e-Christmas. Sure, I've got real life plans here in the real world, but I'm gonna be straight up Midwest honest with you now: my e-life is much bigger and sexier than my real life. I know. Shocking, right? I mean, what's not to love about my toddler chasing the shih tzu around the house right now? Who doesn't appreciate that you get to work all day in black work-out pants and a cotton T? I don't have a lick of makeup on, and my hair is in a ponytail. My "real life" friends are either working or caring for their kiddos, or like me, both.
But on the web? Ooh, baby. On the web, I can be superwoman 24/7. Author Malena always has her hair done, her makeup on, her smile stuck on her powdered face. (Sure, I'm tiny - on Facebook I'm a 1/2 inch square.) But I'm saying witty things my toddler could care less about. I'm beaming into lives through my videos. I'm talking about the JOY PROJECT on my web site in writing and on videos. It's bits of me, captured in time. But it's more than that. It's Connection 2.0. We don't have the time or the time-traveling abilities to get to know everyone on Facebook or Twitter or the WWW in real life, but we don't need too, either. I treasure when I can meet an e-friend in real life, but that doesn't mean that our virtual relationship is fake, either. We can send private messages, we can share posts, favorite links, notes and more. That's real. So when I post my family greeting card on my social networking site, the meaning is the same as if I snail mailed you one to your home. Consider yourself welcome to e-seat yourself in that real-life chair in my library pictured in this post.
So to my e-friends, I treasure you. To my real-life friends and family far away - I'll be Skyping you to see what Santa brought you for Christmas. I'm toasting us and our virtual holiday season with some Sooner Champagne - 1/2 pomegranate juice and 1/2 champagne. Yes, serve it at your next real life holiday gathering, but tell everyone you learned about it from your cool e-friend with the non-stop smile.