A few weeks ago I met a blogger 'in real life' by accident and it was crazy.
It happens to be a blogger who participates in Alphabe-Thursday, so I visit her blog regularly. She's a blogger I've always liked in blogland.
It was such a fun happen-stance meeting and afterwards I grinned the whole rest of the day thinking of it. I wanted to write about it, but didn't see any mention on her blog so I was careful about invading her privacy. I figured maybe she didn't walk around grinning like a goof-ball the rest of the day like I did, and I didn't want to embarrass her!
A few days ago I was finishing up reading all the entries for Alphabe-Thursday's letter X and way down toward the bottom I opened one titled, "You are X-stra special Jenny Matlock." You'd think I would have opened that one first, wouldn't you? ha! You can just click here if you want to read it, too.
If you participate in memes you probably already know that when you click on a link you can't always tell whose blog you're going to visit until it opens. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the link and it took me to Lara's blog and she told the story of our chance meeting. (I'll wait a second here while you imagine it. Done? Cool. Moving on then...)
I'm still smiling now from her telling of the tale. I felt exactly the same way. It was just the warmest, most comfortable meeting in the world. We hugged. We smiled. We hugged. We chattered. We hugged. We smiled. I ignored everyone else trying to buy stuff at the garage sale.
I didn't take any pictures since I was at our next-door neighbors doing a garage sale for them and didn't have my phone or my camera...but Lara was beautiful and warm and genuine and just like she seemed on her blog.
Non-bloggers often scoff and say, "Blog friends aren't even real friends," but they would be wrong. Blogging 'IS real life'! And bloggers are lovely 'real friends'.
I hope you each get to meet some of the bloggers who are important in your own life. I have a pretty long list of bloggers I want to meet someday. In fact, I'm hoping to meet a few of them in October and November at 'scheduled' dates and times. Unfortunately, health issues don't always cooperate and allow me to attend things when they're happening, but I have my fingers crossed that both of these will occur!
In the meantime, though, if you see me at your garage sale please feel free to hug me! I promise I'll hug you right back!
PS. That picture from Alphabe-Thursday isn't really me. It's just clip-art. The best way to tell it's me is to listen. If you hear a lady talking like this, "... ... so ... ... sigh ... and.... sooooo... yessireebob ... sigh...seriously... ... so...", that's probably me. Feel free to hug away!