They really do.
You feel you know them through their words and actions and blogs.
You laugh with them and cry with them and you share stories with them and you don't need to have met them but you love them all the same.
And then, when suddenly they are whipped from this earth by the hands of some greater being (quite without warning and with no right to) you feel the exact amount of hurt and distress as you would a real life friend.
Today, one of our lovely forum friends, Aleida, at Studio Calico was killed instantly on her way to work.
I mean, the information was there to read on the screen and you think "hang on" and you rub your eyes but the kick in the stomach has been launched. The sickness sets in and tears well uncontrollably. God, it just doesn't happen does it? It shouldn't happen and she is too beautiful to have gone.
And what about her amazing children? Well, too adorable to have to deal with this. Her husband shouldn't have to say goodbye when there is youth and wonder in life to be explored with his soul mate.
Its sickeningly unfair.
And her last blog entry, so poignant and so tragic to leave as a last personal entry.
I don't believe in god purely because he "allows" this to happen. I'm sorry but I'm just seething that if he was good and kind, he ought not to have let this happen but I shall pray to goodness and kindness that this family will be loved and allowed to get through this with peace and with strength.
I am beyond words tonight but please, as a member of the scrapping community that you are or maybe, go and lay your condolences at her blog. Believe me, she was a truly amazing woman.
And I am, quite selfishly, devastated.