SAPPY POST AHEAD!
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!
TURN BACK NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
In forensic science there's something called the Locard Exchange Principle. French scientist Edmond Locard hypothesized that an exchange takes place every time two items come into contact with each other. So, a person who commits a criminal act always brings something to the crime scene and leaves with something from it, or vice-versa. (Can you tell that I watch CSI?)
Maybe we can tweak this principle a little to make it relevant to the online world. I think it plays a role in our lives, in this online relationship that non-bloggers and other aliens do not understand.
I've never met you personally. Well, I did get to meet some of you personally and it was great fun, we should do it again--perhaps with even more people. We could talk over coffee or beer...but I digress. Now where was I? Oh, yes.
I've never met you personally. I'd like to, but maybe I never will. Who the hell knows?
Still, in spite of that, you got to know about my thoughts and the way I think, and I've been privileged to get to know yours. I've felt in so many ways your concern for my welfare (the comments left here are a touching example) and I'm always hoping that you in turn are safe and sound wherever in the world you are.
You've taught me so many things! I've learned a bit about you and you've learned a bit about me. You've made me think. You've made me laugh, you've made me cry, you've made me laugh yet again. Within only a few short months you've enriched my life, and words can't express just how grateful I am that our paths crossed, albeit virtually.
I've taken something from you, you've taken something from me. These things, though intangible, are in no way less palpable, less valuable, or less real than the things described by Locard in his Principle of Exchange. They aren't merely bits and bytes. Their importance, meaning, and impact are immeasurable.
There's an Irish proverb that goes, "May good luck pursue you each morning and night." Here's to hoping you find fulfillment (if you haven't), that you truly enjoy each day and all the joy it can bring; here's to making your dreams and wishes come true. It may be that our paths will never cross in the offline world; nevertheless, I love you and wish you well.
Alrighty, that's it then, boys and girls. Sappy moment is over. You can go puke now or walk the dog or return to your gardening or whatever it was that you were doing.