Long-distance friendships are tricky. You can't just decide to meet up in 20 minutes at the mall. Finding time to chat can get hectic, especially if you're in other time zones.
That's why the internet can be so wonderful. My best friend lives five hours away, but we can stay connected 24/7 through social media and texting. The other nice thing about social media is that you can meet people across the world you wouldn't have met otherwise. I've met people in different cities, and even countries, who I consider good friends of mine, even though we've never met. It's almost nicer this way, because you get to know someone based strictly on their personality and nothing else.
For Spencer Sleyon, he met his newest friend playing the online game "Words With Friends", and it's taking the internet by storm.
Sleyon was randomly matched with someone to start a game of virtual Scrabble, when his anonymous partner used the word "phat", a slang term for cool.
"I was like, yo, how do you know that word?" Sleyon recalled. “From day one I knew I was playing an old white woman."
His partner, Rosalind "Roz" Guttman, ended up becoming a close friend, even though they had never met face to face. Sleyon would tell his friends about their friendship, and eventually his pastor got wind. Amy Butler, a pastor at the Riverside Church, wanted to write a sermon on the bond between Roz and Spencer, but then realized there was a way to make it even better.