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.