One of the side benefits of digital scrapbooking is that we get to meet like-minded women from all over the world. We can share scrapping techniques with one another, ask questions when we need help, get feedback on our work, and share our stories through the pages we create. Sometimes, through this process, we are fortunate enough to make a great friend. This has happened to me.
In 2010, I became acquainted with Rebecca, who was the Quality Control administrator at a store where I was a designer. I recognized her talents in so many areas, and sought her advice often. I appreciated her common sense and knowledge; her gentle and direct way of offering advice; her generous spirit, and her sense of humor.
Throughout the years, as we have worked together, we have discovered that not only do we share the same work ethic, the same business aspirations, but we also have a lot of personal interests and history in common.
The only problem in what has become a valued friendship, is that I live in California and Rebecca lives in Texas, 1500 miles away.
But that is not a problem this week. On Wednesday, I boarded an airplane, headed to Texas. Rebecca and I would finally meet face-to-face.
I admit to being a tad nervous as the plane was landing. Would it be awkward? Would a face-to-face friendship be different than an internet friendship? In reality, I knew it would be. But would it be the “better” kind of different, or the “Oh-no-what-have-I-done?” kind of different?
As I came down the escalator, I saw Rebecca with a big, welcoming smile on her face. I immediately felt at ease, and knew everything was going to be just fine. And it has been.
We’ve shared personal stories, eaten great meals, and stayed up way too late. Rebecca is coaching me on how to work more efficiently, and I am teaching her how to chalk paint.
I could not have asked for anything to be better than it has been. Except, maybe, for the visit to be a little longer.
I know I am not the only one who has been fortunate enough to meet an “Internet friend” face-to-face. If you have, will you share your story in the Comment section? I would love to hear it!