Sunday, October 13, 2013
Meeting of the Minds
I had the most amazing day yesterday. I met, face to face, eyeball to eyeball, hug to hug, Amy from Soberbia. Turns out we live about three hours from each other so we met at the halfway point between our respective homes.
First off, this took forever to plan. We planned and then life got in the way...about three different times. This last time was even a challenge. My niece moved to Charlotte this week and asked me to help her on Saturday. I told her sorry, I had plans that were made months ago and I'd see her on Sunday. She wasn't happy but honestly, she's seldom happy so it's okay.
So we met. Originally Amy suggested we meet at a park and just walk around. The closer the date got the iffier the weather got so I saw that the town was having a arts and crafts fair thing and suggested we meet at a Starbucks and then go see what it was all about. Yay! Sounds like a plan.
At 10:30 am I pulled into the Starbucks...at 4:00 pm I left. Yes, you read that right...5 1/2 hours, two pumpkin lattes (each) and a small pastry later we looked at our phones and went, "Holy crap! We've got to head home!" When I say the time flew I'm not exaggerating. I thought about suggesting we go and get some lunch but I really wasn't hungry and frankly, I didn't want to break the spell. It was like two old friends who hadn't seen each other in years and we were just catching up.
It was extraordinary.
Guys, I've done AA and when I was there I felt a kinship with those people because I knew we all shared the same affliction. But I never met anyone from AA that I would spend five hours talking to and not check my watch eleventy million times. I don't know why that is...just that it is. I didn't check my watch (phone) once...not once.
Talking, sharing, getting to know each other, offering advice to each other for different things, celebrating and planning. That's what yesterday looked liked. I wish I could fly to New Zealand or San Diego or London or wherever the hell you all are and do the same thing. I'm a hugger...I wish I could hug you all.
Oh...and look out Annette, next time I'm out your way I'm renting a car...plan on meeting me halfway.
I can't wait to do it again.