I’ll meet you on a mountain

I messed up and used the title for this post yesterday.? It was one of those 2 a.m. epiphanies I have.? “I know I’ll write a post about how I met 3 of the 5 and call it Mountian Women.”? Then when I hit publish I realized I’d made an error.? Of course I could go back and change it, but that would require effort and the effort expended just to put together this post is all I could muster*.

The reason I wanted to call this post Mountain Women was because I met (or have a photo of) me and the 3 on top of mountains.? And this is where Margaret is going huh?

I met Margaret at Jake’s Famous Crawfish, a restaurant in Portland. (one of mah favorites)? She had just met Slugger the day before and it was a very emotional time for her.? I was terribly nervous about the whole thing.? So much so I kept telling the trusty husband I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.? Not that I didn’t want to meet Margaret, but meeting someone you met on the internet and had known for nearly 2 years can be kind of daunting.? Margaret is the only one I don’t have a photo of on top of a physical mountain.? There is a mountian there, you just can’t see it.? She had just met her son for the first time and me… well I wasn’t very well at the time.? It was just before I started acupuncture treatments, about 3 weeks before we took the boy to UW Adoption Medical Center and such a tumultuous time in both of our lives.? There was this emotional mountain that we both held each other on.? I’ll never forget that dinner.

I met Rhonda in Alaska.? So far she’s the only one I’ve traveled to.? (Although I’d love to travel to go see Jen)? We met for the first time at her house.? I was less nervous to meet Rhonda, but still with the jitters.? I was still not well, but on vacation so that could be overlooked.? The photo of Rhonda and I is on Flat Top Mountain.? I can’t remember if Brian took this one or the trusty husband.? Either way it is a great photo.

I met Tricia on Monday at my house (she’s the only one of the 3 to see my actual house).? There wasn’t even a flutter of nervous this time around.? 2 1/2 years of emails, blogs and a friendship to soften the blow.? It was like talking to an old friend.? Tricia is charming, sweet and simply beautiful (not that the other two aren’t).? It could be this that this time I am healthy.? Anxiety about life is gone and I look at the world with new eyes.? This mountain experience was a whole different view.? Granted, we were on one of the highest mountains in North America.

I can’t believe I’ve been so lucky as to meet these three incredible women.? Such individuals, and such wonderful mothers.? I’m proud you guys are my friends.

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*not because anything is wrong.? Just because I had a dream last night that a neighborhood mom was mad at me for yelling at her kid for riding his scooter through my grass and she said she was going to get me kicked out of the neighborhood for having SAD.? There was also something about me shoveling bark out of my yard waste bin at 6:30 in the morning and the neighbor kids eating all of my strawberries.? I have weird dreams.

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  1. “And this is where Margaret is going huh?” Funny, because that’s exactly what I was thinking. I didn’t know that you were thinking of not meeting me that weekend. I’m glad you did. I was nervous too, but you were a bit of a lifeline for me that weekend. I felt pretty alone and scared and, though I hadn’t met you in person before, you were my friend. And I needed a friend badly that weekend.

  2. Elle says: Reply

    It wasn’t so much that I didn’t want to meet you Margaret. It’s just that I was so nervous I didn’t know if I could. New situations were extremely difficult for me then.

  3. friendships are wonderful. I have 6 gals in town that I know from the blogging. Some days they are my lifeline!

  4. It’s great that you’re meeting up with people that you’ve met online – a little daunting, too! (I remember my first time meeting people I was playing online games with.) I love the photos of the boy on the mountain! Good luck getting out for the rest of the week! We’re getting some work done on the house this week, so we’re stuck around the house – and I can’t even send the boy outside to play, because we’re getting the trim painted. And it’s been so warm and nice out the last two days….

  5. Oh, I forgot to ask, doesn’t your church have ANYONE who could help you with the coding issue? I’m sure there’s someone there that could help you, but it may take several requests (like every Sunday for a month, maybe a post or two in the newsletter, etc). Good luck!

  6. I love meeting blog friends. I used to get really nervous about it but have done it enough now that I don’t worry too much. Well that is assuming that our meeting is just a happy coincidence of travels not that someone specifically traveled to meet me…that would feel like a lot of pressure to me.

  7. You can come and visit me any time!!

    I don’t know why no one every wants to visit me(It’s just on the other side of the world)ha ha

    All of those women (including you of course) really held me up during the wait.

    Great post! I love to see everyone’s photo!

  8. Jenny says: Reply

    Oh my goodness, you truly are the cutest girl alive. Look how adorable you are in all those pictures? All my friends take the cutest pics, and my nose is always too shiney.

  9. Amy says: Reply

    Really amazing…this post made me cry. To cnnect with people through a blog and find a true friend. Amazing.

  10. Jenny2 says: Reply

    You know I’m always up to taking you to a boxing class!

    I love the pictures from Paradise and beyond and can’t agree more than there is much to do in this city than just Pike Place.

    Have a great weekend.

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