Monday, November 27, 2006

Yet Another Reason To Be Thankful

The door bell rang, and suddenly I was nervous.

What if she's nothing like the woman in her blog?

I took a deep breath, and opened the door.

And there she was standing in front of me, smiling tentatively -- Rachel -- a person I'd grown to know and admire over many months.

Immediately, I gave in to an overwhelming urge to hug the woman.

Over cups of hot coffee, the two of us and our husbands spoke easily about our mutual love of cooking, about baseball and football, our changing hometowns, our histories....

And of course, diabetes-- with Joseph walking Rachel and her husband, Greg, through the workings of his pump, and Greg in turn sharing glimpses of his own experience living well with type 1 diabetes (something he's done for nearly 21 years)-- all the while, illustrating quite beautifully (and perhaps, unknowingly) the importance of a sense of humor in all of this.

I like these two, I thought-- still slightly amazed at the power of this online community to create new friendships between people who have never met.


10 comments:

Vivian said...

That is so cool. I am so glad the two of you got to meet.

Shannon said...

How awesome that you all got to meet.

It's so surreal to meet bloggers in real life, isn't it? But very cool.

Scott K. Johnson said...

I read Rachel's post on you all meeting as well. Sounds like an all around great time!

Rachel said...

Yes, Greg does well at taking life not too seriously. He tries to encourage me to do it as well, but I'll never be as good as him.

Thank you again for a wonderful visit!

Chris said...

That is awesome! I would have to guess it would be surreal to meet bloggers . But yes Very cool and nice.

George said...

That is awesome! Where are the SoCal Bloggers!?!??!

julia said...

How cool!

Kerri. said...

What a wonderful scene you've both painted through your respective posts. There is something completely unique and tremendous about this community.

I'm proud to be a part of it.

MileMasterSarah said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun!

Carey said...

Wow, that's really cool.