Four years ago next month I started this blog. At the time, I was back in Kansas City after my husband had passed away, and I was getting my house ready to sell so I could move to New Mexico. One of the people who came to my blog via another blog was Cameo. I don't remember whose blog was the conduit, but it was someone who lived far away and who I didn't know personally. Neither did Cameo, I'm sure.
Over a few weeks, Cameo and I discovered that we both lived in KC. And not long before I left KC, we arranged to meet. She is a dancer and had choreographed a musical at an outdoor theater. I attended one of the shows, met Cameo, watched her eldest son perform, and sat with her family during the performance. It was a hot summer night, and I fanned her baby girl. And I enjoyed the evening so much.
Last night I was checking Facebook and I saw that Cameo had a new friend. I skimmed on past and then went, "Whoaaa!" I backed up the page and saw the name of Gina, a woman (she was more a girl at the time) that I worked with for several years in Kansas City! In fact, I think I hired her, although it was around 20 years ago and I hired probably over 200 people in my tenure, so who I hired and who I inherited is blurry. At any rate, I knew this young woman since she was just a "wee one,"** studying for her Bachelor's degree. When I last talked with her she was studying for her doctorate, and I'll be very surprised if she has not completed it. She is one of the most determined people I've ever met. **Both Cameo and Gina are the age of my youngest, so babies in my eyes. :)
Now, all these years later, I discover that these two women, from very different parts of my life and different times in my life, were classmates in high school! How amazing is that? The world of the internet makes us much closer than most of us ever thought we might be. It has opened doors, swept away miles, given new friendships and renewed old one. My daughter is 1800 miles away from me, but on most days, I feel very close with the internet and texting via cellphones. I love that. What an amazing and appreciated technology!
I'm waiting to be "friended" by Gina. I'm eager to catch up and see where her life has taken her in these last few years since we last spoke. Yeah, the internet is good. :)