One of the unexpected rewards of starting this blog has been the people that I have met from all over the world. I say "met" in the cyber sense of the word. I've gotten to know so many creative, talented, and caring people through their blogs and the comments that they make on my blog. I've only met one of my new friends in person. Milt is a follower of my blog and writes a blog of his own. He lives in the same small town that I do. Last year I invited him to join a writing group that I belong to and we met face to face at a local used book store. I think he was as apprehensive as I was...he brought his wife with him and I had my writing group to act as a human shield. We were all relieved that he wasn't an ax murderer.
Have you seen the State Farm commercial where the woman claims that "they can't put anything on the Internet that isn't true?" She is dating a French model who she met on the Internet. It's pretty funny.
This fall I am going to spend a weekend with five female friends in a beautiful house on a lavender farm on Vashon Island. I've never actually met these women. I know them only through their blogs, but it feels like they are old friends. I know about their families and the challenges that they have faced. Several of us retired and started our blogs at the same time. We've shared laughs and loss. We seem to have a lot in common and we all write blogs. I'm excited to meet them, but also anxious. All they know about me is what I have chosen to share in my blog. Will I live up to their expectations? Oh, the anxiety!!!
So on an early fall weekend I will drive five hours to find out if perception lives up to reality. I'm pretty sure that everything on the Internet is true. Bonjour!