May 31, 2012 | 7:26 pm
Posted by Ilana Angel
I am really enjoying this series of blogs. It has been a pleasure to speak with everyone and I look forward to many more. Today I spoke with my Twitter follower @Bino989. In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you before we even get started that I love her. This is a woman who as a complete stranger, came to my defense during dark days on Twitter.
She was kind when people weren’t, and defended me and my work when people got nasty. I am not sure how it is that she decided to look over me, but she has been a guardian angel on Twitter and to be perfectly honest, I am on there today because of her. Her advice to “block & roll” changed my life and revealed the good side of Twitter.
I knew nothing about Bino until we spoke today. I was certain I would like her, but had no idea I would respect her as much as I do. This is a remarkable woman and she proves once again that there are some decent and accomplished people on Twitter, not just freaks who live vicariously through reality TV and spend their time online spreading hate.
Whether Bino is willing to admit it or not, she has a southern accent. She is soft spoken, has an easy laugh, and a kind tone. Bino was a single mother for many years. She raised her son on her own, went to school, worked fulltime, and spent every free moment with her son. Her dedication to her child is remarkable and her story is inspirational and touched my heart.
She went to school while working and it took her a long time to get through college, but she did it. She put her child first and while working in order to have health insurance for her young boy, she graduated with a degree in political science at age 31 and currently works for The Department of Defense. Bino is a superhero and I admire her.
She married six years ago and had her second child, a daughter, two years ago. She met her husband at work and their story is really incredible. They dated four years and only went out once a week, on Saturday night. Once a week for four years! Between work and her son, she did not want to lose out on her time as a mom so she only dated when her boy was with his dad.
She put aside all of her needs and made sure her son had his mother at home. After four years of only Saturday night dates, Bino got married. She sacrificed a lot to be a good mother, which is amazing. That she did not give up on her son, her education, or her desire to provide for him is what it means to be a single mother. She should write a book about it.
Bino fell in love with the Real Housewives of New Jersey and that is what brought her to Twitter. She read a lot of blogs about the shows and got a Twitter account to join in the conversations. She found my reality blog and started to follow me on Twitter. It took her a little while to get into the swing of Twitter and it has had its ups and downs for her.
When she first came on Twitter she was just an egg. She wrote to Kathy Wakile of RHoNJ and Kathy questioned why she should respond to an egg. It was then that Bino changed from an egg to her actual picture. Her red background picture is one that I search for on Twitter. When I see her tweeting I know all is well in the world and life is good.
People are not always kind to one another on Twitter or in real life. The kindness of a stranger can make a huge difference and Bino’s kindness to me mattered in a way that I can never thank her for. I wish for Bino all that she wishes for herself, and then some. She fights a good fight for herself, her child, and strangers who need a hand.
While Bino has not met anyone in person from Twitter, she has close relationships with many of her Twitter friends. One in particular is her best friend and to hear her speak of her is lovely. These women have developed a relationship based on love, trust and respect. They speak daily which is neat. There are a lot of good people on Twitter. Who knew?
Sidebar: Bino got married in her husband’s childhood church. The carpet I the church is red and the photo is of her with the red carpet in the background. It reminds me of a 1950’s album cover and I love it. She is a beautiful woman. As for the name Bino, when her son was little, his Italian dad and his old school Italian family gave him the nickname Bambino.
When he was little he would tell him mom to “pick up Bino”. That is where Bino comes from. I love that story and love it even more that her once adorable little son is now an adorable teenager and will not permit them to call him Bambino anymore. He’s lucky he was Bambino. My kid was Snickerdoodle! Bino is a proud and loving mother. I adore her.
She hopes to meet some of her Twitter friends one day and if that is ever arranged, I want in. Bino will continue to watch the ladies of NJ, even though they kind of suck. She will support Teresa, hope things change, and plans to tune in for the new season of RHoNYC. By check in one can assume she will quickly become addicted and sucked into the big apple crapfest.
Talking to Bino today was a treat. I have spoken with Julie, Bea, and Bino and all of them have surprised me. Twitter can be scary and mean, but if you are able to stay strong, not take it personally, and always follow Bino’s advice of block and role, you can get lucky and find some really wonderful people whose opinions matter because they are focused on keeping it real.
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