All about odds
On my very first venture off of my own blog and out into blogland I came across a blog, fell in love with the writing, dropped a note to say so and made my very first blogger buddy. That was over three years ago and we've been the Internet version of pen pals ever since. Despite the fact that she lives in India, I've always had the sense that one day we would be in the same coffee house chatting it up in person.
I'm not one to think I'm some kind of psychic, really, quite the opposite -- I tend to over think things to the point of not being able to pull common sense from the stream of worry and alternate possibilities that runs below the surface, some days like a constant ticker tape. However, for the Chicken Soup aspect of this story, I think it's important to note that I had the sense we would meet.
Strange how the world turns, as fate would have it, she landed a temporary job in my country -- in my state -- practically in my town! She is in my old town and thirty minutes from where I live.
Saturday we met it person and I have to say, she translates from written to human form just as I suspected she would. If I could only use one word to describe her it would have to be, delightful. My kids want to see her again, tomorrow!
Preethi is a girl who likes to travel and I've had many a vicarious adventure through the pictures and words of her blog. We didn't make it to a coffee house, but we did meet up at the Milwaukee Art Museum. When I first saw her standing on the deck of the landmark building it was as close as real life gets to a moment from a Gabriel García Márquez story -- it was like one of her blog adventure photos suddenly come to life and I was temporarily part of a living photo, then we meet and the photo fades into real life chatting and museum browsing.
I can't wait until our next adventure, or more likely -- tame barbecue at my house.
Anyone else want to come?