I have not openly talked about my online friends with my children. Now they are not stupid and they have known for quite some time that I am chatting online. I have been given many a lecture about how who I am chatting with could really be a “middle aged man in his mother’s basement”. Lmao When I talk to Daddy about my friends I tend to lower my voice around the kids. I am not ashamed of them, I think it is just due to the nature of our meeting. I’m not good at lying and so telling them I met them in a quilting forum wouldn’t be convincing. Lol
Saturday I got the news just a couple hours before an extended family bbq. Daddy texted all of the kids and let them know that someone I was close to was gone. It wasn’t discussed but I got extra hugs and they were sympathetic.
In the next few months I am planning to meet a few of these friends in person. Last night I casually mentioned to my oldest the conference and friend that I would be meeting. I gave little detail as I hadn’t quite planned it out. This morning I realized I really do want to let the kids know about my friends. I want to talk about them openly. Elsewhere too. I lost a really good friend and part of me wanted to say something when I was asked How was your time off? Alright was what I said when I really wanted to say it fucking sucked.