On Tuesday of this last week, I loaded up THE STONE RABBIT and a gift- - - in a PINK bag. We were off on a wonderful new adventure. We were going to meet. . . in person. . . a "friend" we had known for about a year and a half as "Pat".Pat had been a frequent visitor and commenter on my blog. Over time, it became apparent that we lived very close to each other. We started e-mailing. . . then became friends on Facebook. Finally, we decided it was time to meet. . . for REAL- - - in person !!!
Right off the bat, the meeting was fun. . . we arrived at the restaurant at exactly the same time and parked next to each other! She had seen photos of me all over my blog, but the only picture I had seen of her was on her Facebook page. However, I knew it was her, the moment I looked over in her car. We both burst out laughing as soon as we got out of our cars and got our first up close, in person, look at each other! There we were. . . each of us clutching the PINK bag of gifts we had brought to the other! :)
Once inside the restaurant and seated in our booth, we quickly started jabbering like long lost friends. We soon discovered we had SO many interests and experiences and PEOPLE in common!!
I figured Pat would know that I would be toting my camera along. . . she was a little shy about the picture taking thing......at first! However, it didn't take too long before she jumped on board for the fun!! Here is your first "glimpse" of Pat. . .with the gift she brought for me.
We were so busy getting to know each other that we didn't really look at our menu. However, after about the 87th stop at our table. . . with order pad in hand. . . the waitress was clearly becoming perturbed at us for lolly gagging about our selection. Sensing her frustration, we finally ordered.
Here is what I selected. . . also Tuscan Bean Salad!
Our salads were great. . . a bit heavy on the garlic. . . but still great!
We met for lunch in the town of Lee's Summit, Missouri. . . about half way between our homes.
After we ate, we headed to the historic business district for some more chatting and a bit of shopping. The day was one of the few warm and sunny Spring days that we've enjoyed this year!! It made our first meeting perfect!
Pat and I had an incredible time. As I said in the beginning of this post, we have so much in common that it is scary. . . in a very GOOD way!! The frosting on our "life experiences cake" came when we put it together that our sons and their little families live within blocks of each other.
So, this brings me to a bit of pondering. Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in co-incidence? How about pure, dumb luck? Do you ever wonder why our paths cross with some and not with others? Is it all a Crap Shoot?
I don't know exactly for sure what I believe. I do feel that God has much too much on his plate to orchestrate the meetings. . . interactions. . . of us mortals, but I also feel that there is something or someone touching---maybe nudging us--- putting us in experiences and situations that are meant only for us at just the right time. . . and just the right people. The experiences or people that change our lives.
So, I have to think that there was a reason that Pat and I met at this time in our lives. Maybe one of God's assistants put the whole thing in motion. I started a blog. . . she's an avid blog reader. Basically, she found me and left nice comments. . . and I replied to those. A "friendship" was formed. . . one that I hope will continue to grow for many, many years to come! Pat is such a special, fun, kind and interesting person.
OH. . . and I think she just might find that PINK is becoming one of her favorite colors!!!
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By the end of our time together, Pat knew I wouldn't let her get away without a photo of her and THE STONE RABBIT!!!
What a treat. . . two wonderful new books to enjoy with THE STONE RABBIT, while sipping coffee from my PINK "Life is Good" mug !
Thank you for letting me share my meeting with Pat. . . and our little bags of PINK!
I'm certain you will enjoy visiting the many other bloggers Beverly has waiting for you at HOW SWEET THE SOUND!! They will have lots of great PINKS to share, too!
Have a wonderful PINK SATURDAY!!!