I joined EB when I was pregnant with my first child- when the boards were still new and there were less than 1000 members. I watched society change through the eyes of women over the course of almost 20 years. The community of EB was my saviour when my marriage ended. Without that support, I don’t know how I would have survived. It was my sounding board, my place to vent, my access to the world, and the only place I found any sort of joy for a very long time. The humour, kindness and support the community of women had the ability to share wholeheartedly still warms my heart. EB members released me from being ‘stuck in limbo’ and I will always be grateful.
I miss EB and probably always will. I am also grateful for the friendships I made that carried over into real life and I am grateful to have been part of the wonderful community that was.
It’s a travesty that the boards weren’t archived. They were a valuable look into Australian society, world events and the changes that occurred through the eyes of women and that in itself should be important enough to preserve for posterity.
Overall, I really miss the people, the conversation and the advice.
EB was a virtual village, a group of people who genuinely cared about their fellow humans.