Monday, June 18, 2012

I am sad tonight

Back in 1998 I got my first computer, signed up for AOL, and soon found a Christian chat room.  I met so many wonderful people there (and an occasional stinker, but we won't talk about that).  
The first person in the chat room that I really, totally trusted was a lady we all called Lona.  I was "Mo" in the chat room; my AOL screen name was Mo (for Missouri) plus the last four digits of my phone number.  Very imaginative, right?  
A couple of folks in Texas decided to have a get-together for the chat room folks; Lona, who lived in Arkansas, offered to give me a ride to the "reunion" as we called it.  Cliff was having none of that; he said Lona was probably a perverted old man who was going to kill me.  So he drove all the way to Texas to protect me from Lona.  
Once he met the chat room group, he knew I was in good hands.  After that, he trusted me to fly to the far end of Tennessee alone, or ride along with a Kansas couple to Kentucky.  He especially loved Lona.  We spent a night at her house once, and ate her special pancakes for breakfast.  
When Lona's husband died in 2000, I was the first person she told after she contacted her daughters.  Later, she and I flew to Virginia together to meet with friends there.  
A few years back, she had some very serious health problems that led to the discovery of cancer in her body.  Luckily she went into remission and enjoyed life for awhile.  In April of this year, the cancer returned.  She died on June 14th, which happens to be mine and Cliff's anniversary.    
Even though we didn't keep in contact much except for an occasional email, I will miss her every day.  The world isn't quite as happy a place without my good friend who loved people and always had a smile.  




Put in a good word for me and my family, won't you, Lona?

20 comments:

Celeste Sanders said...

I remember Lona from the chat room. She was a wonderful lady that did not mind me coming in. Bless her heart, the angels must be loving her!

Carlene Noggle said...

Although I did not know her personally, I can see fromthis picture the love that she held in her heart. I am so very sorry Donna. I will be praying for the family and for you too my friend.

Lori said...

That's a beautiful tribute to your friend. I'm very sorry she has gone.

Paula said...

sorry for your loss of a good friend. I always like to call you Mosie, hope you don't mind.

Donna said...

Paula, I LOVE my Internet names. Mosie came from Mo... a couple of friends just turned "Mo" into "Mosie". I also had a chat room friend, now deceased, who called me "Mocephas". I love all the nicknames. I never had nicknames until I discovered the Internet.

Margaret said...

So sorry to read this! Internet friends can be just as close(or closer) than people we see every day. Hugs to you.

Adirondackcountrygal said...

Donna, I'm sorry to hear about the death of your friend. She looked like a really nice lady.

Sandisan said...

I am so sorry for your loss, I was in some of the chats but I can't place her name...she sounds like a really special person and God must have needed someone good up there. I have met people on here that I feel very close to yet have never met face to face..the internet is not a cold place...

TARYTERRE said...

The internet has changed so many lives. I love that Cliff wanted to protect you, then found out he did not have to. Lona was a real gem. You are lucky for the time you did share. I am sorry to hear she passed away. You gave her a fitting tribute telling us about her. Those pancakes sound delicious. I know her departure will weigh heavy on you for a while. Savor the memories. She is in a better place, free of pain. Take care.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I'm sorry to read about the loss of your friend, Donna. She looks like a sweet person. Take care.

Lisa said...

Donna, I am so sorry about the loss of your friend, Hugs Lisa

Faye said...

I'm sorry to hear about Lona. I'm sorry for your pain. I suffer with my internet friends even when they loose beloved pets or have heart surgery for their husbands. Comfort comes in knowing cancer is not hurting her anymore and the angels are sharing her smile.

Hollie said...

Awww, I'm so sorry!! She looks like a precious lady!! Glad you have so many great memories!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. They do leave an empty space when we loose them but just having known them makes for some wonderful memories to hold close to our hearts.

Helen said...

I am sorry about your friend. She looked to be a happy person. May God be with her family and friends during this sad time.

Angela said...

That was cute about Cliff... in the crazy world of strangers, there are many good friends to be found.

Having said that, I am sorry for your loss, but happy at what is surely a wonderful memory of a beautiful friendship.

Debbie said...

I'm so sorry for your loss of a dear friend.

ADB said...

Very sorry to hear of your loss, only goes to show that the WWW can lead to some wonderful friendships.

PFL0W said...

Read about this when you posted. I, too, will say sorry and sympathies for your loss.





(My blog name is a triple-entendre and the first substitution for Mo in it is also for Missouri, by coincidence).

--Mo Rage

Robbyn said...

Oh, I'm so sorry! What a gift a true friend is...