Yesterday afternoon, I dropped my son off at a total stranger’s house. I don’t know too many parents who would do this, but I did it so that he could hang out in real life with a friend he has been Skyping and playing online games with for a couple of years. I’ll admit to being apprehensive. What if they were scary people? What if something went wrong? But when we walked in the door, his friend’s mom gave him a big hug, saying, “I feel like I already know you.” They all couldn’t be nicer. As I was leaving, the boys were headed out for an adventure. Geeky Boy’s friend kept calling us while we were on the road, checking in with him about what he might like to do. Geeky Boy was beyond excited. I don’t even know what they finally settled on. I could have stayed there myself, but I chose to have some time to myself, staying down the road at a hotel.
People are still squeamish about people on the Internet. I’m glad to see that not everyone is. Geeky Boy has always been careful online, but has made some real friends. This is the first one he’s been able to meet. I hope there are more.