Monday, December 7, 2009

Good Peeps

Sometimes, when I am driving down the street and I see a complete stranger walking or driving next to me...I'll think, "I wonder what their story is?" It fascinates me that each of the hundreds of people I see everyday have their own intricate fascinating life. Sure, they might not think that their life is fascinating, but I am convinced there isn't one that is not. Yup, I AM nosey...and I LOVE to eavesdrop...but at the same time, I am fully aware that often I get caught up in my own problems and my own life, so much so, that those lives walking around me seem to just melt away.

I think it is a rare treat to actually be able to look up from your own life and really get to know someone better. Blogging does this for me. I can forget about myself for a little while and be a support or an open ear to someone else. Our blogging community is a world in is almost a fantasy land. A land where I can leave all my imperfections behind and be the brave, reflective person I truly want to be.

SO truth be told, When Joanne said she was coming to our area, I felt a little bit like Seinfeld's George Castanza when his friends started doing things with his girlfriend. Worlds were colliding! And so it was with my meeting with Joanne. Worlds HAD collided...and it felt completely surreal. Here is my husband, and my mother in law talking to Joanne. MY JOANNE! I'm not often at a loss for words...but I felt a little star struck meeting her. She is one of my closest friends in the blogging would it be in "real" life?

Well let me tell was easy. Joanne is just like her blog. She is everything you think she is and more. She reminds me a lot of my sister Laura, with a little bit of groin kicking thrown in. :) We met at a restaurant alone for the first time. It was easy and natural. The conversation lasted for a good three hours. Filling in the gaps of what we knew of each other. Then Fred and Elise joined us and the entire picture of Joanne was complete. Like me, her family helps define who she is. They are her everything...and rightfully so, they are wonderful too.

My Mother in law invited them over for Sunday dinner. It was a nice relaxing night of eating and chatting. Elise fit in with the boys easily. She is unbelievable smart...and listens to reason, which is incredibly impressive for a two year old. The pictures on Joannes blog do not do her justice. She is a an angel. And Fred is quite the catch. He is funny and polite, and even helped with the dinner dishes.

Good peeps. That is all I can say.

Good peeps. :)

Before blogging, before being connected to our community, It pains me to think that Joanne could have walked right by me and I wouldn't have looked up from my life long enough to get to know her.

I am thankful for blogs. I am thankful for Joanne and all of YOU for so much support. I am thankful for the opportunity I have to look past myself and delve into others lives. To worry for them, to celebrate with love them...even if they are in a blog world/fantasy land. I am lucky to know all of you...and especially lucky to actually have met Joanne and her family.

Someday....SOMEDAY! We will have a Blog Mama meeting. And we will hug together, cry together and laugh together. Until then I will keep reading and commenting...because that is what friends do.


  1. I love you, Meri! You said it all! I know exactly- I talk about our blogging family like a real family- which we ARE! Sometimes it's hard to imagine that I have not met any of you IRL. Someday....
    How did you do that too cute pic collage! I've got to know!

  2. Meri, You are awesome. I am glad you guys had a good time, though once again... I am jealous!
    We all love you...

  3. OMG!! I wish we all lived so much closer :( It's so exciting to see these meetings happen and I pray one day that we can all sit in one room together!!!! ((((HUGS))))

  4. I wish I was there! Thank you for sharing the intimate details of your time with Joanne and her family.

    We are all connected, even tho we do not get to meet each other face to face. We are a family who supports one another.

    Big Hugs... Warm hugs, we are in 3 ft of snow :)

  5. LUCKY DUCK!! I'm so happy that you ladies had a wonderful time together :) and I can't wait until the day we all get to meet one another!!

  6. wow yeah that is awesome and I too wish we all could meet somewhere and hugs and a good time to be had by all . I love the idea that some of us live so close that we can visit .

  7. Ohmygosh! You make me sound so much better than I actually am! But you know what? I'll take it!

    Thank you for the great food, and great time together, and for your family so generously inviting us into your fun world. We enjoyed meeting everyone, and I hope we can do it again soon!

    And everybody, Meri is just as cool and fun in real life as she is on her blog. And just as much of a superstar, too!

  8. Meri, Joanne and all the other D-moms are ALL SUPERSTARS!!!
    Keep up the great work!

  9. How cool is it that Fred posted!!! HI FRED!!!

    I am totally jealous, but like you said SOMEDAY we will all be able to meet!!!!

    What a cool post. I loved it!

  10. I love this post. You are so right - I would not 'know' any of you if it were not for T1. I would not choose this life for my son but I am so thrilled to live, love and learn with all of my new D-mom pals. And Fred too!!

    PS - please send Fred, Joanne and Elise home. The Houston Family misses them.

    Thank you!

  11. Oh you said it so wonderfully! Love your words my friend! You are awesome!

  12. I'm so happy you and Joanne met!! How wonderful. I get to meet Shannon on Dec. 31st and I can't wait.


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