I was all set to write about the health care hearings that are happening on Capitol Hill today, and I promise I will get to that soon.
But today I really need to talk about the deadly crash of two Metro cars on the Red Line in Washington, D.C. and the outpouring of concern and caring I received from so many people online, those who I know in real life and those who I have never met in person.
I did something yesterday I almost never do — I took a cab to an event downtown for some friends of ours who are moving from the area. Usually I will drive or take the Metro Red Line (though I would not have been on the part that was involved in the crash), which is closest to our house. Because this event was a slightly fancier than the usual type of gathering we get invited to, I wore some heels that, shall we say, are really standing shoes, not walking shoes. Since Mr. PunditMom was already downtown and meeting me, I was going to ride home with him.
I went back and forth all afternoon about whether a cab was worth the expense vs. just hopping on the Metro. Then I thought of walking to and from the stations in these heels and I was convinced that a cab was the way to go.
About half way through the event, my cell phone rang. I glanced at the number to make sure it wasn’t the sitter calling from home and let it ring through to voicemail.
When we left the party at about 7:30 p.m. I got the phone message from my pal BeckyDMBR and saw the Twitter traffic with my name all over it — messages of concern and worry that I was OK. (Please forgive me for not linking your wonderful tweets — there were so many!!)
Lately I’ve had a hard time getting motivated to be out here in the bloggy space, even though I have lots of projects percolating in my head. But last night I was reminded in a major way that even though it can feel lonely sometimes tapping away at the computer with little human interaction during the day, there are so many people in my broader universe who care — not just about me, but about a larger community of people who we never would have “met” but for this world of social media. While it is a little funny that many of us “know” each other through our tweets, our blogs and our Facebook pages, there is something genuine about making these connections.
The only evidence I needed to prove that was the outpouring of concern about me last night.
My life is much richer for the relationships I have made online — there are so many people I would never gave gotten to know without it. Last night, I had a wonderful reminder that we’re all out here for each other. Sometimes we don’t always agree about politics or world events. But the level of sharing — sharing news we otherwise wouldn’t know about, sharing thoughts of concern for each other and sharing our life experiences — is what makes this space worth being in and worth sharing.
Thank you, to all of you, for that.