Side Conversations

A few years ago I started wanting to meet people in real life who I had I met through Twitter, Facebook and email exchanges.  I have met people in New York for dinner, in Chicago for a visit to the botanical gardens, in Buffalo and Seattle for Garden Bloggers Fling, in Brimfield for the antiques market, in Portland, Oregon, in Berkeley, Napa and San Francisco,  in Philadelphia and Cleveland and most recently in Little Rock as a guest of P. Allen Smith.  Some of those face to face meetings have turned into lasting friendships.

I don’t usually take pictures of people, so there won’t be any here, but two weeks ago an unusual thing happened.  I didn’t think about it at the time–it takes me a long time to process random occurances sometimes.

Four of us were sitting in the shade talking after a hot day in the Arkansas sun.  The three others were women I had originally met via Twitter and would never had met otherwise.  They were also those I had met in real life  in New York (although she’s from Portland and we met there too), Chicago and Buffalo/Seattle.  It didn’t seem odd to me and we were all talking about the kinds of things girlfriends talk about everywhere — children, food, partners, and gardens.  These are the moments I savor…so much more than the rushed exchanges online.  So here’s an online nod to three incredible women who I count as real life friends…JeanAnn, Dee, and Amanda.



5 thoughts on “Side Conversations

  1. What a beautiful post, Susan. Your sensitivity and depth are just two of the reasons I consider you one of my real-life friends. You were one of the first people I “met” on Twitter, and one of the first I shared drinks with at the GWA conference in Raleigh. I cherish our friendship, our professional relationship, and our online interactions. JeanAnn, Dee, Amanda, and so many others of us out here are fortunate to know you. L

  2. Susan, that conversation we were having was the highlight of the trip to Allen’s. I love all of you too. You make me think, and I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful men and women without the power of the Internet. Thanks for the nod. I’m grateful for our friendship.~~Dee

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to meet people from all over the world that I never would have met if it wasn’t for the internet. The thing I notice all the time is that even though you are meeting them for the first time in real life it feels very natural. As if they are someone you always get together with.

  4. I love you!! You are a great person, Susan, and I appreciate your forthright nature and your fabulous sense of humor. Thanks for keeping me entertained at Allen’s. 😉


  5. I think it is fantastic that you have reached out and connected with people in different parts of the country.

    In this fast paced world it is nice to know we can find people who share our interests and we can connect with.

    I hope you enjoy your summer and thank you for a great post!

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