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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our lives are a series of connections; old and new, strange and familiar, pleasant and not so much so. We all need them in one form or another. Whether they take place on the Internet, in person or through reading something on actual paper.

I had the lovely experience of connecting friends in my virtual world to my physical world. And, it was wonderful. I guess my concern in meeting these friends with whom I had only communicated on-line (with the exception of one) was that there would be awkward silences or trepidation about speaking one's mind, or worrying about acceptance. We were all so close and have shared so much about ourselves, our worries, our joys, our troubles while in the cocoon of a sort of anonymity. It could be great or it could be disappointing.

Well, of course, it was great! From the moment that I arrived and immediately saw the one person that I had met I was embraced both emotionally and physically. We were all so excited to be together and the conversation never waned. We enjoyed one another, we supported one another, we amused one another and we fed one another-LOL.

We already knew each other in a very personal way so the ice was broken with the first hugs. This is a testament to the strengths and personalities of our group. THERE FOR EACH OTHER as well as for ourselves. Much laughter, a few tears, great support, valid information, and delicious food to nurture us. And we are all nurturers. We fed each other and ourselves in many ways. And, like real life, when we thought we were done, we wanted more. A problem at some times, but not with this. We want more!

So here's to the next gathering of those with whom we connect. We hope to add to the numbers. Everyone should feel this way.

Thanks, friends.
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    Very well said. And so true. My life is enriched manyfold from this meet-up. Just smiling every time I think of it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2416 days ago
    It was such a great meeting. I'm so glad to have all of you in my life. Thanks for writing such a beautiful blog and let's keep planning for more.
    2416 days ago
    I totally agree with your oh-so-eloquent description of our lovely meet & greet. I also agree that we need to do it again sooner than later. Maybe a late summer meet-up where we could spend some time outdoors as well.

    The time definitely flew by too fast -- especially for me! I miss you guys already. Here's to virtual friends turned real-life friends!
    2417 days ago
    I have been thinking many of these same thoughts and mentally composing my own post about our meeting and as I read this I am struck that you must have been inside my mind! I couldn't say it any better than you have.

    Since it turned out we were the first to arrive, I had the pleasure of greeting each member as they entered the room and hugs were so naturally given and received and as you noted the conversation immediately started and never wavered...even with the fellas, which is rather amazing.

    Honestly, every time I think about this gathering, I feel a warmth like none other. It was a great gift!
    2417 days ago
  • JANET552
    I totally agree. It was such a lovely visit and I was sorry to have the time end. I think it is a good thing it wasn't Saturday and Sunday when we would have lost an hour.

    I hope we can all find time out of our busy lives to do this again -- and not wait a year.

    As the Beatles say -- We get by with a little help from our friends. Here's to friendship!!
    2417 days ago
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  • MJRVIC2000
    Blessings are nice: Breaking are necessary. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    2417 days ago
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