Please excuse me. I am just nattering now...all the people who I talked to last week have gone home and I find that although I am still talking to the odd stranger my need to chat idly is growing daily which is why I am spending more time on the social media platforms like twitter and Facebook.
Up to this week I have dived in and out of them often only in the mornings but now lacking any sentient voice I find myself reaching for the iPad.
My friends in internet sites are usually known to me...some from old lives left behind years ago but still precious to me. Some though are that internet phenomena ,the people who have supported me, laughed with me, wept with me though we have never met!
In some cases it's a meeting of minds...finding another human being of a similar mind,whose life pathways are very different but have somehow ended up in the same place though often not geographically.
It is quite extra ordinary that through this medium we are able to chat, to laugh, to connect with people we would pass by if we met them in the street.
The net has many faults...all the scams, the drivel spewed out daily by political parties, the trolls, the seducers trying to sell us things we don't need and the real downright nasties . But the good side for me completely washes the daft side out.
I play games with people I knew twenty odd years ago. I chat on line to people I may not have seen since we were very young..
When you get to old age, these links with the past are important...they are the anchors that remind us of where we came from and what drove us then as now.
The new friends, the ones we never meet are just as important...they are not sad or lonely, they are people who, finding a new way of communication in their old age , make full use of it.
Everything worth while in life is capable of being misused, degraded or just plain abused. But the internet really can make a difference to the old as well as the young...it gives us the grace to communicate, to love each other and to laugh a lot! I'll put up with the frustrations to get the whole package...