I can tell you the exact moment I knew we'd be forever friends.
After yet another heartbreaking loss, Kristin was in dire need of some uplift. Pam, our other partner in crime, and I decided to pack up and visit. There wasn't really a plan, just to surround her in love and perhaps get her to laugh a little.
I was first to arrive, with my 2 and 1 year olds in tow. Divine wandered inside, whipped down her shorts, took off her diaper and crapped on the brand. new. carpet. In Kristin's Brand. New. House.
I was MORTIFIED.
We had spoken on the phone many times, and had only met briefly once before at an ill-fated barbeque with other internet friends that can only be described as disastrous. But here she was, without missing a beat Kristin was picking up my child's shit and reassuring me that it really was okay. I thought she was just being polite. To this day, she couldn't believe I didn't believe her, and to this day I can't believe she was that cool about it.
But yeah, she really is that way.
Not many people would open their home to 4 more people for an undefined period of time like she and her family have to us after we were hit by a major flood. It's a major commitment, and they've been very gracious about it.
I know some of you have met Kristin at Blogher, maybe spoke on the phone, thru email, Twitter, what have you. We meet people from the internet, they seem cool, but you wonder what they're like in real life. I met Kristin on the internet 10 years ago. She is honest, loyal, kind, caring, and every bit the friend on the internet as she is in real life.