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I will never forget the first time I actually started using email as a way to communicate outside of my home. The year was 2002 and I had just left my career or 6 years to become a SAHM. Needless to say, it was a huge transition going from working woman to full-hands-on Stay at Home Mommy. After a few weeks (more like days) I became bored. There's only so much cooking, cleaning and eating bon bons a girl can take. (Smile)
I needed interaction that did not include Dora or the Teletubbies and a 4 year old. I needed interaction of the ADULT KIND. I needed other women OH HECK, I needed anyone to talk to.
I started exploring the internet which led to me shopping a lot (but that is besides the point). I noticed on my Yahoo! front page that there were these "groups" and after a little more digging, I noticed that there were groups for MOM's, Mom's like ME that stayed at home all day.
I joined a few and met so many different ladies. Soon, our large group turned into a smaller group and we branched off to strictly email communication. It was wonderful. Not only did I have the adult interaction that I was looking for but I also gained life long friends. We chatted via group email sessions daily.
We always knew when a husband got a new promotion or when a child completed a special milestone. It was also a way for us to gain information off of each other. If a sudden rash appeared on a child, we knew where to ask for help. It was GREAT!
I was with these women through the pregnancies of my two younger children. We talked about the aches and pains. It really was like we went through it TOGETHER although we were sitting behind computers chatting via email.
Email has been a great tool for me and my establishing long lasting friendships. Yes, we are still email buddies to this day and some of us have even met in person!
(Nearly 9 years later!!)
Do you have a story to share? Do you have a special email experience? I would love to hear about it.