You’ve seen her cards: clean, precise, perfectly executed stunning works of art.
You’ve received her comments: thoughtful, personalized, detailed, complimentary, spirit-lifting, morale-boosting (especially in my case J) words of art.
If you’ve met her in person, you’ve met a beautiful, smiling, brilliant, funny, articulate, positive, kind-hearted individual who is, in every possible way, a delightful, precious gem!
I’m speaking of none other than our wonderfully talented, always effervescent, tremendously engaging, Geri, from Manitoba Stamper, who I had the ultra-awesome absolute x 10000000 pleasure of meeting this Saturday!! Talk about WOW x WOW x WOW!
When Geri let me know, a few weeks back, that she would be traveling west to visit her daughter, ‘getting together’ was simply a ‘must do’. She and her daughter decided they’d make the trek from the ‘big city’ to my little town, and we arranged to meet at a local coffee shop. I’m pretty sure that my excitement level went well beyond the Richter scale as the days…the hours…the minutes ticked down for Geri and I to see one another in the flesh. I walked in the door, spotted her immediately, and OMG!! My heart melted!! Those of you who have met ‘blogging friends’ know well the experience and powerful emotion that come when the magical, mystical ways of the universe bring us together beyond the realm of computers and laptops, into reality.
Hugs? Only YES!
Conversation? Only oodles.
Feeling like I’ve known her for years upon years upon years? Only absolutely!
We lapsed into chatting about such a variety of topics (including bikes!!), as though we were old friends, catching up on the latest news. No one, I’m sure, listening in our conversation, would ever suspect this was a ‘first date.’ Every word, every minute (the time passed far too quickly!), every smile, every everything, I will treasure! An extra bonus: sharing time with Geri’s daughter, who is every bit as lovely, sparkling, energetic, upbeat and charming as her mom. That they love one another deeply: pretty darn obvious, from where I was sitting – and what a joy to behold!
We won’t talk about the good-bye hugs…makes tears spring to my eyes ...so instead, I’ll say this: Geri, thank you exponentially for your gift of precious time given to me; thank you for letting me get to know you a little better; thank you for listening to me prattle and babble on and on; thank you for allowing me to meet your daughter – and how gracious of her to include me in your special mom-daughter bonding time. Priceless…this visit was priceless! My hope: that there will be more visits down the road. Many, many more!
Here we are: Geri’s the beauty on the right (see what I mean about that smile of her's...infectious!), and I’m the "sprinkled with grey, crazy-hair goofy grinner" on the left, in total glee at sitting next to a really, really special friend!!
Happy sighhhh....I'm ready for 'next time' already! And I'm hoping - as I'm sure many of us are - that my path will cross with others in this oh-so-nurturing community. The blogging world is wonderful, but 'real life' visits...oh, they are marvelous!!
Before I close: a quick card to share for this week’s Muse #57 challenge, inspired by Vicki's oh-so-pretty butterfly creation:
Thanks so much for dropping by; your visit and comments make my day!