An 11-year old daughter of an old friend of mine from university got in touch with me today through Facebook and started chatting me up. We spent about an hour finding common ground, and talked about our dogs, the fact that she was in bed with a stomach bug and what I was doing in Facebook. She tried to teach me to use Facebook's IM better, including creating emicons.
It was a fun, if unexpected experience, because I knew the girl existed but we've never met her /spoken to her before. I haven't seen my friend for more than 15 years, though we are connected on Facebook. And yet to her daughter, I'm just one more aunt who can keep her company.
Anyhoo, it made me realise that we live on in the memories of our friends and loved ones, long after they no longer see us ( whether by circumstance or death). Clearly, my friend friend said some very good things about me to her children. Enough for her little girl to feel like she can approach me, chat with me, tell me about her 3 week old puppy and tease me. It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling on a very ordinary day.
I also made me realise that we are never alone. Someone out there may feel connected to you, and care about you, even if you don't know it.