I can almost see the series of wool slippers I have worn since I started working for Care2 eight years ago. I think I’ve been through one pair every two years, four pair total. I work from home, and I am a barefoot-type girl and live in slippers in the winter. I hardly have to brush my hair unless I want, since there is no one but my family to see.
I remember many a blizzard cozily at home in my slippers at the end of a dirt road, completely marooned by the snow, yet pushing a computer key to send a newsletter around the world, connecting in this way to hundreds of thousands of Care2 members.
My wool slippers seem to symbolize the interface of my real world with feet on the ground during my many hours spent at the computer, with my virtual connection to you, our members, and readers! I learn about you from reports about what you click on, which newsletters you open, from your comments and your e-mails to me. And you have known me by my picture and my writing. I’m as virtual to you as you are to me. I presume we are as equally abstract to the other.
But not so this last weekend at the Care2 booth at the Chicago Green Festival. What a treat to reach out and shake a real hand, to connect with a real smile, to hear your stories from your own lips. It was so gratifying for me and Melissa Breyer, our senior editor, to meet so many of you in person, and hear how we have helped your lives with our tips. And we so welcomed hearing about your interests and thoughts for topics you’d like to see us write about.
We came home to our respective virtual offices feeling so much richer for the real world connection. Thank you so much. Our virtual worlds had a moment of reality, and I learned that there is more reality in our virtual connection than I had dreamed. I find this very heartening. Our shared goal of a healthier planet and world, which I felt so palpably at the Chicago Green Festival, is our deepest connection and transcends everything else.