Thursday, 25 August 2011
Are Friends Electric?
"You know I hate to ask...but are friends electric?" You might be familiar with that song, "Are Friends Electric", by Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army, which came out in the summer of 1979. The song got me thinking about my friends out there on "Electric Avenue".
Some might take a scientific view of whether friends are indeed electric. You know, the kind that touch you on a cold winter's day and give you a bit of zap. Talk about your friends giving you static.
I know, ohm my god, watt am I talking about? Does it have anything to do with 'current' affairs? Well, in a way, it does have to do with the current and the flow of electricity that drives my computer. It has everything to do with the comfort I receive from those I have gotten to know out there in the vast and varied world that lies beyond the glow of my screen.
I am but one man, who through a series of sad, heartbreaking and traumatic events, woke up one day and found himself to be a lonely, isolated recluse. A scared man, barely coping, barely functioning. So, what keeps me going? What determines I face another day with renewed determination? It's the love I have for my son and for our precious dog. It's the overwhelming kindness and compassion I have been graced with from comments and emails. Ah yes, my electric friends. Friends on the other side. The other side of my computer screen, who reach out, and for those few precious moments, I am no longer alone. Thank you.