The plane flew low over the flatlands neatly marked into individual fields where crops had grown this summer. I was feeling a little nervous, but not due to flying (which I love) but because I was going to spend five days with a group of women I'd never met.
I was venturing into the unimaginable. I was going on an internet meet up. My sons thought it was a little crazy and when I asked why, they responded, "What would you say if we told you that we were going to meet up with strangers we met on the internet?"
This past spring I wrote about virtual friendships, wondering if they were as real as flesh and blood friendships. I was about to find out.
I could bore you with all sorts of anecdotes about Brenda or Peggy or Joanne how they were like or unlike what I imagined, but the real point is virtual friends can be real friends.
Meeting them face to face only cemented the friendships formed online. We already know so much about each others lives that we weren't strangers, just friends who hadn't met yet.
We were a mixed bag of women though, from 20s to 50s (our group has women from their teens to 70s, but. sadly, many couldn't come) from all over the country (our European sisters couldn't make it either), with lifetimes of vastly different experiences.
But did we have fun? I do not have the words. Did we laugh? Harder then ever in our lives. Did our bonds grow stronger and tighter? More than I could have imagined.
So my excellent adventure was all I could have hoped for and more and I was sorrier than I can say when it was time to head for home. However, there's always next year and I plan to be the first to sign up.