Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Blogger Meets and Hugs!

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
                                  (Thomas Woodrow) Wilson


I am in front of the Starbucks on Locke Street in Hamilton waiting for a Blogger friend. I have been here before, that would be first time either of us had ever met and I still remember the nervousness of that first meeting, something that turned out to be a waste of time, the worrying, not the meeting. All those thoughts of would she like me, would I like her, would we have anything in common and run out of things to talk about ran through my mind. This time I found myself nervous for a very different reason.

Sitting on the bench out front I pull out my pen and paper and start to write keeping a close eye on the many faces passing by. I was early as usual and the writing process passes time and holds at bay any anxieties. This time I was afraid that I would not remember what my friend looked like. It has been awhile since that first meeting with Andrea and I find that with every flip of that calendar page, the ticking off of those days and that yearly replacing and starting a new one is starting to take a toll where I find my memory slipping, my new weakness seems to be not recognizing faces.

I look up as another woman walks by and enters the Starbucks I wonder, could that be her looking for me. I watched through the window as she walked up to the counter, picked up her coffee and exited to the street once again. I check my phone to see what the time was. I keep writing then I look up and down the street, I see a beautiful tall brunet with a huge smile and a wave and I recognize that face right away. It was Andrea of Rural Revival there was no doubt about that. I ran, oh yes I did, right up to her grabbed hold of her to give her a big hug. We stood there for a moment hugging knowing this meeting was long overdue. That is the thing about Bloggers, we share so much about each other’s lives that it is like you have been best friends or family forever, I love that. There was no nervousness or shyness this time we understood each other, it was wonderful.

We sat at a table and sipped chamomile tea and caught up on our lives sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly (Yes I know that is a movie with Clint Eastwood, you're not complaining are you?). We talked about our families and the fact that we both have Blogger friends we have never met who support us unconditionally through the good stuff and that tough stuff in life and the fact that we knew someday we would actually meet them. This would not be the last meeting for Andrea and I and we both wished we would have had more time but just like a real family we did know we will be making that effort next time we both came to town. After a couple of hours of catching up we parted with more hugs. Thank you Andrea.


The next morning I sat in front of a bagel shop, well it used to be known as Locke Street Bagels but was now named Democracy and I must say I was a bit disappointed since I had told my blogger friend we would meet for bagels and not knowing if they even sold any now. That familiar nervousness and those questions I had experienced with Andrea during that very first meeting came flooding into my mind along with the worry of possibly no bagels which I had promised. I sat there and waited on a bench out front. The rain started spitting and my not having an umbrella had me worry about if I should go inside to wait but I was pretty sure Holly had no idea what I looked like, I had the advantage here, I knew her face from her blog.

 Suddenly in a sea of faces I seen a young woman looking I must say a little confused and nervous, no doubt searching for the bagel shop which was no longer there, I stepped out in front of her and said Hello Holly. We smiled at each other after the… I am sure, initial shock of a stranger stepping out in front of her. “Yes; Buttons?” Yes, we hugged on the street. Family once again I knew Holly she knew me from our blogs.

We walked in that shop and there were bagels, for that I was so grateful. Holly and I chatted as we waited in a long line and I have to mention that with her accent and bubbly personality she had me smitten. She was exactly as her blog had lead me to believe. An intelligent brave young woman on a mission for her true love who is living in this far off land an ocean away from everyone and everything she loved and knew. She is this caring, quick witted, filled with an incredible sense of adventure young woman who knows what she wants and shares with others what she learns as she goes through the process of making her dreams come true. If you need to know more about Holly and her true love story you will have to visit her blog and you will become as captivated as I. English Girl Canadian Man

We discussed what it was like for her coming from England to be with her one true love and the hardships and joys that go along with every aspect of that. We sat in the center of a very busy not only a bagel shop and chatted on and on like we have known each other forever while enjoying our delicious bagels and coffee. Oh yes and if you are not a blogger I am thinking you have no idea what I am talking about… pity. I enjoyed every moment with Holly and look forward to the next time I will travel to Hamilton and we can once again get together. Thank you Holly.

If you ever get a chance to meet anyone of your Blogger family do it. I have to believe we are all connected and the support and love we feel from the comment box of our Blogs and those emails we get from someone we have never met but would drop anything to support in their or your time of need is as real as any relationship that we enjoy outside our virtual world. I for one am so happy I ventured out of my comfort box to meet these two women and actually am convinced in time I am going to meet more of my Blogger family, I have no doubt about that.


Life in fact is one big adventure and why would we ever waste that? The world is full of people just waiting to get to know you.

If you would like to read Holly's version of our meeting you can read it here. English Girl Canadian Man.


Later

47 comments:

  1. I love this post (because I am in it ha ha), but I love how you think of us all as family. I think that you are right! It is great to meet strangers and feel that nervousness seep away as you realise that you already know the person in front of you! Oh, it was so marvellous to meet you too B. You were exactly the same as the lady in this blog too!

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  2. Wonderful post, Buttons. I admire your ability to step outside of your comfort zone to meet bloggers for the first time. I suspect you make others feel very comfortable and that's why you are so successful.

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  3. I have never met a fellow blogger, but have a handful that I keep in contact with outside of blogland and consider them close friends, even though we have never met. I enjoy reading yoru posts. You have a way with words. Write on!

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  4. Yes meeting fellow bloggers is a wonderful thing, but making it happen is not easy especially if one is travelling.

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  5. I look forward to meeting some blogging friends someday too. Nice post :-)

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  6. Fantastic post ! I am soo glad you all had a good visit ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  7. What a sweet post Buttons; I can't imagine anyone being uncomfortable around you for long. It would be a dream come true for me to be able to meet you and share a wonderful, warm, Buttons hug!

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  8. As you know, I am now engaged to a woman I met on Blogger. It's amazing how blogging brings people together from across the world. We really are all a big family! And I totally remember that Clint Eastwood movie. Watched it as a little boy :)

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  9. What fun!! You are right, bloggers feel like family, and I hope I get to meet my "sister" some day, before too long! :)

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  10. Miss B,
    I can't help but smile. I'm so glad you got to meet and spent time face to face with two wonderful sounding people.

    I couldn't agree more, bloggers are like family. We have a special window into each other's life. Some of us click and build friendships through e-mails or more and other's are acquaintances that make us smile.

    I'm sure Andrea and Holly were just as excited to spend time with you as you were to spent time with them.

    Yeah!

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  11. So glad it all worked out well for you.

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  12. Isn't it lovely to get to meet kindred blogging sisters ! I have had the pleasure a couple of times; one friend and I keep touch now by phone on occasion. Funny how we "know" and are "in tune" with each other before we actually meet. xx

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  13. Loved, Loved, Loved this Buttons . . . Isn't it a thrill to meet one of your blogger friends. I have loved meeting Penny, Kim and Sarah . . . three friends who were strangers, pen pals of sorts . . . and now because we have met, we have an extra little chapter to our "friend life!"

    I got all goose bumpy when you mentioned, ANDREA. We talk about meeting up with one another one day! Oh my, I wish I had been there . . . and I could have met you too. I can already tell you are "my flavor" and I sense that about Andrea too. I can imagine A loved and appreciated your hugs and visit.

    Enjoy a beautiful day today . . . you deserve it!

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  14. i'm so glad you got to reunite with andrea and meet holly.

    (andrea, if you view this post, i recently read your last post that had been stored in a feed reader program i hadn't been in for a while. it touched me. i thought of you for days afterwards and sent you prayers for strength and healing.)

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  15. Grace, I was reading this and nodding as I read each line. YES! she understands the trepidation, the concern, the joy, the recognition...it's so true. We do share so much of our lives, and our blogging friends are truly that, just as we are, real, true people.

    A great post, one that I wish I could have G+ and shared.

    Jen

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  16. So wonderful that you got to meet two blogger friends! They are already kindred spirits because nobody reads our blogs for long if they don't have any interest in what we say or do, so it is just like meeting old friends.... sometimes even better, because old friends change and drift away.

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  17. Isn't it amazing how connected we can feel to others from blogging! I'm glad you met and enjoyed your time together.

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  18. I enjoyed reading your post and have, myself, met 3 bloggers. One is in BC, one is in Maine and the 3rd in the city not far from me. All have been wonderful experiences and we had really fantastic visits together. I think if I ever did a cross Canada drive that I'd be busy visiting everyone from coast to coast! I'm happy that your experiences were so good too.

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  19. How excellent that you got to meet up with TWO blogging friends! I'm glad you had the opportunity :-)

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  20. There are so many wonderful bloggers who I would love to meet. I think it would be marvelous to have a big Blogger Jamboree where we could all converge and actually, really get to meet each other.

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  21. well, that is too fun. i love this post/story. i am happy you got a chance to meet. too fun!! love the quote. ( :

    i love the last quote or comment you said at the end of your post ... i truly believe no matter who you meet or who you get to smile at ... if only for a moment it is someone that could impact you for years & years. so so true. well said.

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  22. Just a tad jealous!!
    I am so glad you were able to meet up with some blogger friends!!

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  23. How wonderful to meet blogging friends! I'll have to remember your writing tip to keep me from being anxious while waiting for someone.

    I have the same problem as you; not remembering faces. On more than one occasion I have been introduced to someone and said "Nice to meet you" when we had already met. Sometimes the person reminds me, or sometimes hubby nudges me with 'that look.' It's so embarrassing!

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  24. Indeed. I'm slow on making new friends but I like to.....:)

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  25. I have met two blogging friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. What fun you had meeting your blogging friends!

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  26. I echo everyone's words in their comments. I, too, have met a fellow blogger. It was a great visit, the hour passed too quickly. We did do a walkabout with our cameras and chatted some more.

    I am happy to hear you had two great meetings with fellow bloggers. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I felt like I was there, too.

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  27. B,

    It's so much fun meeting a fellow blogger. I'm happy to hear you two met.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  28. OK, this coming week I am going to get a passport! I know exactly how you feel and have met 7 of my blogging pals. You are next.

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  29. It will be an interesting time when we meet our friends. It will be much excitement when we meet them at the first time!

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  30. I really enjoyed reading about your visits with blog friends. Wonderful post!

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  31. You certainly enjoyed your blogger friend meetings - and they with you. Lovely to read of your experiences B :D)

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  32. I think it would be such fun meeting a fellow blogger, and now I've two new blogs to check out :-)...super post Buttons.

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  33. Grace my goodness girl !
    You have had a busy time .. in REAL time visiting with the REAL deal people : )
    You write so eloquently about the experience "pre-nerves" and wonderful after affects !
    It is on such a different level when you meet the person from the blog you read .. a patch work of personality sewn together !
    Thank you so much for all your compliments on my gardens .. but it can be many days in between the tending with not such great days.
    I am just lucky we have had enough rain days to make it easier on me for now.
    I am so happy you had such a great time meeting these great women!
    Joy : )

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  34. Pleased all went well with your blogger friends....Hugs M xxx

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  35. Very cool post Buttons. I would love to meet someday. I have met a few blogger friends in person, and a couple of them have become very good friends indeed. We live in the same town, so it makes it easy.

    Cindy Bee

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  36. What fun to get to meet not one, but TWO blogging friends! I know I would be nervous, for sure, but how exciting.

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  37. I'm so happy for you B. I know that i met some dear, dear friends on the \Internet, it's become family, and I'm so happy for you that you've had the chance to meet in person. I've exchanged letters and small presents and cards and oh received so much love, master maker chocolate, knitted socks 'cause it was so cold, received so much in moments of despair that blogger became my family, and I'm glad that you had the chance to meet face to face. I hope eventually I'll become a member of your blog family, but until then, I'm very happy for you, and you have become a friend and I'm thrilled for you!!! More tea, coffee, and bagles I say lol

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  38. How lovely that you got to do that. Brave as well I think. I have never done that but it is on my list of things to do someday.
    I love that you carry your notebook with you every where you go.
    That is lovely. Just like Charles Dickens. I always think I would like to do that as well. I am so glad you had such a lovely trip.

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  39. YeP, one big happy family!! A wonderful entry today buttons!!

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  40. How wonderful to meet up with one of the 'family' (Ooooh, that sounds like Mafia - he he). I have never met up with a fellow blogger, but I would love the chance to do that someday. I so admire your sense of inclusiveness to everyone, Buttons. You have such a warm, embracing way about you. I love your story - you bring us right there with you and I was nervously twisting my proverbial bagel napkin as I waited to meet your friends. I do find that most people are so warm and non-intimidating and always wonder why I feel nervousness. Good for you, B - in your own special way, you bring us all a little closer. Hugs xo Karen

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  41. Grace, you're so right...I've always found it to be a very good thing to meet other blogger folks, even when it turned out to be not so good. There was always something to be gleaned from the experience. I've stayed with Mags and her family in N. Ireland, had lunch with Jane and Lance in Budapest and another lunch with Timi and her family in Budapest. Such a great adventure and great fun.

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  42. B - I tried to visit Holly and comment but she has Disquis or something like that and I couldn't figure it out. ah me. looked like a nice blog too!

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  43. It is so so much fun to meet fellow bloggers. And yes we are a big family. This September I am meeting up with VDP a blogger from France. Just the nicest person ever. Last year she came over we went to Mt. Baker. No matter what we are silly and laugh a lot. MB

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  44. How fun, Buttons! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to meet with TWO blogger friends. I haven't met any in person so far, but I so agree with you that we are connected with our comments and emails and caring. I would love to meet you someday. You never know, right? :-)

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  45. If im ever alone in the world im going to come and live in your barn.

    it might take you a few weeks to recognize someone is in there though...

    ;p

    xoxox

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  46. You posted some nice work lately B! I enjoyed reading your posts again!! :-)

    Greetings from the Netherlands! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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