Monday, January 16, 2006

Breaking boundaries

Today, I met a dear friend, for the very first time. Garnet and I are part of a very special blogger community. We have shared our thoughts, dreams, wonders and fears, amid our close knit family of Stranger-Friends.

Meeting face to face, we did not know whether to shake hands or hug. We tried the first, then chose the latter. It seemed silly to start with introductory social conventions, when we already shared so much. But it was also inappropriate not to, for we had never actually met.

It must be like that when two celebrities meet.

As I am big on symbols, I gave him a chunk of quartz crystal. Folks into metaphysics claim that quartz amplifies the energies of other stones. I like that idea, and I thought it might help our Garnet, Glitter even more.

My daughter and I set up a Wildlife Display for the Concerts for Children series at The Ohio Theater, where Garnet plays principal clarinet for The Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Hundreds of children came by our display before going into the show. We even ran into a few folks we know.

The display was great, the concert was grand, Garnet was a Gem, and my daughter and I spent an entire day together, as mother and daughter, supporting Wildlife Conservation, educating the public, experiencing the symphony, and making new friends.

It just doesn't get any better than that, does it?


garnet david said...

Great photos Kelley- I'm glad I got to see a bit of the wildlife exhibit I missed.

Thank you for the quartz crystal, a thoughtful and meaningful gift.

It sounds like you had a wonderful day. You're right, life doesn't get much better.

I hope we'll meet again. Soon.


Writer Mom said...

This was a great post (gosh, Garnet looks younger over there, though).
I've gotten so close to some blog folks, I'm certain some times I could just walk right through their back door, sit down at the table, and pick up where my blog rant left off.
I really hope to meet people in person.
thanks for sharing

Kelley Bell said...

"gosh, Garnet looks younger over there, though"
(giggle) Yes, he sure does. It must be that theater lighting!

"I hope we'll meet again. Soon."

-Me too. Maybe you could teach me a few gardening secrets.

ME Strauss said...

Gosh how wonderful that must have been--after that first self-conscious moment--to be in the same room with a good friend. I hope you hugged each other for all of us.

Betty said...

I wonder how rare this is, for bloggers to meet like this. I have often pondered what it would be like to meet, or even be real life friends with, fellow bloggers. I'll be interested to see how things continue with you and Garnet.

**silvermOOn** said...

Wonderful "warm fuzzy" post on so many levels! Thoughtful and meaningful gift, too. I'm smiling.