Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
Hey, but seriously, folks... I honestly think that, for the most part, it's easier to get a feel for the real person behind the posts here than it is to be sure who the people you work with every day really are.
That may be partly due to the nature of the site -- a place for people who have it in them to care deeply for animals. But I think it's also true that, although deception is easy online, the real allure of the internet is not the chance to be false, but the chance to be real!
It's such a pleasure to come here and be allowed to be who I am without the presumptions and expectations placed on me by the people in my "real" life, who see what I look like and where I live and what I drive, and assume that those things actually tell
them something about me. Here, I'm judged by my interior.
I really appreciate that.
You totally hit the nail on the head! I know that there are people out there that aren't who they say they are - and it has happened here.
But for the most part, "real" people stick around here because it is such an incredible and caring community. TCS has a pretty long history for a "message board," and that has given lots of us a chance to actually get to know each other outside of TCS.
My biggest regret is that I haven't met any of you in person (yet!). But with the whole rescue thing, I've gotten involved with quite a number of people from TCS.
This is my refuge - my place to share, to give advice, to laugh with people I care about, to cry with people I care about, to provide support, to get support - and I worry and wonder about XYZ's dad, or ABC's job interview, and when I say I'm sending vibes, I send them! When I say I'm keeping someone in my prayers, I write it down on my prayer list.
There have been a number of times when I've felt like telling my family members that if they want to know what's going on in my life, they should join TCS!
I talk about you guys to the point where Gary knows quite a number of you! And I'm one of those who's talked to a bunch of you on the phone and had dealings with you outside of the boards or PMs here.
Anne and the initial mods and admin made TCS the special place that it is. So it draws in special people. Why wouldn't I care about you and want to get to know you?