How My Instagram Friend became My True Life Friend

There is kindness out there in the world. There really is.  In this electronic world we seem to have evolved into, you can still find people who are willing to reach out in a real human way. I have read so many articles about cyber crime, cyber bullying, hacking, and all of those false “trending” stories that Snopes.com was created to filter through. It’s hard to believe that there are good people when all you see when you open up a computer is the negative story.

I have been known to take social media breaks to reconnect with the real world, because I couldn’t handle all the negativity anymore. Too many stories about racism, rioting, politics and basic stupidity plastered all over my feed was just too much. I know that the world is not such a cruel place, but it is hard to remember that with story’s like those poor Naperville North High School kids getting laced Gummy worms. Who does that?!? It’s easy to generalize and put people into groups when all you see are names on a screen.

I was reminded today that there are actual real life humans behind all of the crazy pseudonyms you find on Instagram, twitter, Facebook and all of the other social media outlets that keep popping up. This really isn’t a normal post for me, but I was so moved with a simple act of kindness that I had share it. I hope that Miss Erinn will inspire you, just as she has inspired me, to look beyond the screen to the person on the other end.

Social Media Friend sends me a get well card package

I am going to give you an honest opinion on the items in my care package (they were great!), but need to let you know that they were a gift and I did not purchase them.

Miss Erinn messaged me last week out of the blue to ask for my address. I was a little skeptical that this complete stranger wanted to know where I lived. All I really knew about her was she has adorable kids and she liked to get them outdoors. Turns out she is a lot more than that, and I have really enjoyed getting to know her.
Instagram direct message from Erinn
She is the proprietor of Mom Wears Hiking Boots Adventure Co. Miss Erinn is dedicated to adventuring with her kids, just like I am, and promoting self-care, which I need to work on. I am so proud to sport her logo on my favorite water cup now.

Erinn Bosch was true to her word and sent me a wonderful package to keep me sane during recovery. She sent a delightful collection of postcards that I can color By Crystal Saladin. Crystal is a Canadian artist with award-winning Adult Color Books. I haven’t mindlessly colored for my own enjoyment in years, and am really enjoying it. Crystal leaves you with open spaces and very fluid whimsical lines. It is so fun to see the color transform each post card. I can’t wait to mail them off, though I might leave the one I mail my Step Daughter empty.
Crystal Salamon's Artful Colouring post cards
Erinn also sent me some of her own work, which I am so excited about! She turned one of her pencil sketches, of an adorable puppy, into a really high quality greeting card. The puppy has the sweetest face, and reminds me of Big Uncle Z’s late pup. I am deciding between mounting it and putting it on my animal art gallery wall, or incorporating into Uncle Z and Aunty Book’s Christmas present. I’ll probably keep it for me though, because it’s so adorable.
Erinn Bosch Puppy Artwork Knotty Wood Construction Co Ltd
I feel so blessed to have met such a sweet and generous lady. There was no reason, other than her being her sweet self, to reach out to me on Instagram like she did. It wasn’t even the really cool gifts that showed me Miss Erinn’s character. Although, I love them and am so glad she sent them! She included in my little package a hand written note, expressing her well wishes. Think about it, when was the last time you got a hand written card? When was the last time you wrote one?

I look forward to growing our friendship, and getting to know her and her family better. Who knows, maybe I will be able to visit her up in Alberta one day. Stranger things have happened, I mean I did meet my best friend in a Salt Lake City airport terminal 17 (?) years ago. Yeah, before Instagram was even a thing.

So, the next time you are scrolling through your Instagram feed, and you pass a picture of an adorable kid with his heads stuck down in the snow…Think about the mom who loves that goof ball enough to share her moment with the world. Don’t be afraid to connect with people. There are good people out there, real human people.

 

If you want to connect with me on Instagram, follow this link -> frogs-snails-geckotails

Or you can connect with the fabulous Erinn, follow this Link -> Mom Wears Hiking Boots

 

 


6 thoughts on “How My Instagram Friend became My True Life Friend

  1. What a sweet post! I’m so glad you were able to have a cool connection like that. I too have met some really sweet genuine people off of Instagram. There really are a lot of thoughtful good people all over the place.

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  2. I am thrilled to hear that you are getting to know Erinn. Her and I met 11 years ago on a night shift working at a homeless shelter for teens. We are great friends to this day! We run together, we laugh together, we cry together if needed. She is one in a million; the truest person, that I am lucky to call my friend! Keep believing in the beauty of the human spirit, it’s real and she’s proof of that! I like your blog!!

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  3. That was so nice of her! I rediscovered colouring when I tried to get my daughter to do it with me in strenghtening her fine motor skills, Turns out I got more into it than she did, but I found it a wonderful way to unwind at the end of a hectic day.

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    1. I know, right?!? She is a gem for sure. It is so relaxing! Squishy isn’t one to color inside the lines either, so it’s something I don’t have to feel bad about hoarding for myself. Definitely check out Crystal’s books, too. She is an amazing artist.

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