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Monday, January 18, 2010

Friends

I want to talk about my friends today, specifically my online friends. I used to belong to a site for parenting. I'm not going to give them a shout out, because it's run by a bunch of fucking nasty, lonely, uptight, jealous bitches, and they don't deserve me sending anyone there. But, I digress ...

I joined the site and quickly found myself arguing with a lot of people. I'm not one to hold my tongue, and I'm not good at not giving up. When I'm arguing an issue, and I think I'm right, I will argue to the bitter end about it. The first big argument was about Healthcare. Yes, I'm embarrassed to say that I was on what I now consider to be the wrong side of the debate. I was talking against universal healthcare, and against there being a way for everyone to have healthcare. My stance was "If you want it, get a job." Now, this post isn't about that, and please don't yell at me! I have seen the error of my ways. I am now 100% for a universal healthcare system, or at least, a true public option. I don't believe that anyone in this country should be without healthcare. And it shouldn't be tied to your job. But again, this is about healthcare. We'll save that for another day. So, there were all these crazy liberals that I was fighting with on this site. Ugh, I hated them. Especially this bitch Jenni, who was REALLY rude to me.

So, fast forward to a month later, and someone posted about a friend who was pregnant with 5! FIVE! babies. WTF, right? Of course, it was after IUI. And everyone and their mom was responding with "Tell her to trust in God", "Tell her to pray on it", "God never gives us more than we can handle" or some such nonsense. I'm reading these comments thinking "Really? This is the advice???" ... So I chimed in with "Well, I'm an atheist. So the idea of giving something to God is silly to me. I would get many opinions from doctors, figure out all the risk, and talk with my husband and listen to my gut" or something like that.

Well, boy did I get hammered!!! "How DARE you say believing in God is silly! ... "God is NOT silly, and he will listen to you!" blah blah blah and more blah. I felt like Alice, but instead of falling into a rabbit hole, I feel smack dab into some sort of evangelical God-loving nightmare.

But the good that came out of it was a private message I got from Jenni, the bitch from the Healthcare thread. She said "OMG! Another atheist! I feel bad for being so mean to you in that other thread. I thought this site was nicknamed Jesus Loves [site name]". And thus, a friendship was born. Being the outspoken atheist and pot stirrer that I am, I started a thread to see if there were others like us. And low and behold, there were A LOT. It was awesome. And friendships were born. That bitch Jenni, well, I love her now. She's still a bitch, but so I am, and so is Anne, so the three of us are like triplets. Anne and I were separated at birth. How two people, one who lives in NJ and one who lives in Pakistan, can be the same person is beyond me. But we are. Hell, we would even have the same patronus. And the lovely Kelly, well, she decided to petition for an area all our own, a subforum where we could discuss parenting beyond belief. And she got it. Because she is awesome like that. And then we were able to talk about all the things you CAN'T or SHOULDN'T talk about in the public. Like how ridiculous we think religion is. And I met Millie, a person who is so different from me in so many ways, yet is a kindred spirit. And I met Siri and Ellen, two women that are so smart, so strong, so together (or so it seems) and yet so human. They have taught me a lot of different things in my life, taught me about ways in which I want to try and better myself. And I met Kristi, who is so outspoken and honest, and such an amazing and loyal friend. And Michaele, who has biting humor, a sharp tongue and a HUGE heart. She is fiercely loyal, and just an amazing friend. And I met Debi, who always makes me laugh and always scares me about the impending growing up of my twins, seeing the chaos her boys get into! And lastly, a newer addition, Rachael. A brilliantly intelligent woman, who is so secure in herself, it's a wonderful thing to see and look up to. Plus, she likes to fight about as much (if not MORE) than I do!

So, I have to say. I'm glad to be gone from that stupid site. I was banned for making a rude comment about mor(m)ons and their magic underwear. And yes, they do believe in magic underwear. Look it up. It's fucking funny, really. But I made the most amazing friends on it. And these friendships, they have evolved beyond that site. To us talking every day, all day. To me not working because I'm too busy chatting with Millie. To us planning a trip to see each other in Reno in March. To these women knowing my inner most secrets. I would venture they know more about me right now than some people in my real life.

I couldn't have asked for a better group of heathens. I love you guys more than you will ever know. Thank you for your friendship, your loyalty, your support. Thank you for forgetting about that selfish bitch that was against universal healthcare, and giving Caba another chance to fall into your good graces. Thank you for teaching me to be a better parent, a better person, and a better human being. Thank you for never letting me down. Jenni, Anne, Siri, Michaele, Ellen, Debi, Kristi, Kelly, Millie and Rachael, you girls mean the world to me. I'm glad to have found you all. I will forever be thankful to [evil site] for that. Love you all!

13 comments:

Debi said...

Love you too, Erica!

Kelly said...

I love you too Erica. Now I'm crying! I'm so glad to have you as a friend. I'm so lucky that we all found each other.

caryanne said...

Great post! I too have been a member of that site...and do sometimes check it out...but don't post anymore.

It's how I found you and your blog.

Glad to hear you made so many great online friends. They all sound amazing!

Caffeinated Bliss said...

Love you too Caba! Always.

Leah said...

I am a Christian who has been following your blog for a little while.

Millie said...

Why do you have to make a pregnant woman cry??? Love you too, though.

april said...

At least some good came from that place and it wasn't in vain. Who knows, perhaps some little pansy seeds were planted in some suprising places.

Rebecca said...

Magic underwear??? REALLY??? I just don't get it! I would love to know what site you're talking about b/c I totally banned myself from one just b/c I thought the people were whacked! I have bitched about it on my blog b/c some of the responses were sooooo off base!

FET Accompli said...

I loved this post, it was just so awesome to read about all these wonderful friendships - so many kindred spirits! So nice!!

Caro said...

yay for atheist bitches!

Stephanie Phillips said...

Now I feel like I need to find that post. And research magic underwear.

I'm a Republican atheist, so I should be pretty thoroughly entertained by all sides of these arguments!

And I relate to the strength that great girlfriends can give. Yay for you and for your girls! I'm glad I found your blog!

Jessica said...

Hey Erica - found your blog through The Site That Shall Not Be Named after hearing you were banned and well loved. You sounded like a kick-ass person that I wished I had gotten to know. So disappointed you are no longer a member of said site because you are clearly awesome. I will continue to check your blog often and all the best raising your adorable little munchkins!

P.S. Xenu be praised!

Sianna said...

Awww. Right back at 'cha, Babe!