ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (happy)
I've been procrastinating, just now, by going through my internet bookmarks at random. One such page was archived from years gone by. I saw a familiar name, clicked it, and unexpectedly found myself reading what appears to be the real-life name of an online friend from back then.

Curious, I plugged it into Google.

If the results I found are the same person as my friend, then they have had some unfortunate things happen. There was a long, difficult time in their life, but they seem to be doing well now.

I'm glad to think they're happy. I'm kicking myself that I didn't reach out back then, but the dates I found... their difficulties had some serious overlap with mine. Perhaps we would have just piled our woes together and neither of us been any better for it. Certainly I wasn't in any position to help, no matter how much I would have liked to be. And I don't even know if I have the right person - how common is that name, in their region? How could I know that? I'm not about to contact a random internet person on the off-chance that I knew them half a lifetime ago; I am far too shy and anxious for that.

Still, if I did find the person I knew.... it warms my heart to learn that they're well.

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