Friday, April 18, 2008

Rendezvous

Well, today I have one less imaginary friend, because we managed to meet up and she became real (just like the Velveteen Rabbit, I guess). It is so weird to hear a person's real voice after getting to know them only through their blog and e-mails. When she called me this morning to finalize arrangements, I almost backed out. Because I realized that this was really a perfect stranger that I was driving half an hour to take to ChikFilA (I had 4 of the kids with me). I mean, how dumb is that?

Well, I am glad that I didn't chicken out (ha! - no pun intended), because Kalynne turned out to be the realest person ever, now that she isn't imaginary. And I managed not to kill us both with my lousy driving (though I think she was a tad worried there for a bit). Our conversation was interrupted periodically by teenage children calling with various crises, so I can attest that her children are real, too. Or else she staged some very convincing fake cellphone calls...

As for my 4 youngest, it was as if they had decided to act extra good, just to give the lie to everything I have ever written about them on this blog. Quiet as mice in the car, sitting politely at the restaurant....no one spilled water, no one started squabbling over the little packet of sunflower seeds that came with my salad, no one peed on the booth...and then, to really make me look like a liar, David graciously offered to watch the others in the Playland so that Kalynne and I could continue chatting.

Don't worry, Kalynne - they got back to normal as soon as we got home. That was a performance worthy of an Oscar, though. And thanks for the book! Drunk, Divorced, and Covered With Cat Hair is on its way...

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15 comments:

  1. I have not yet been dissapointed with meeting a blog friend in the real world. I'm glad for both of you.

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  2. You broke free from your comfort zone! Good work-and a new friend to boot.

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  3. I've come over all teenagerish...

    That is soooo cool!

    Glad you had a good time.

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  4. love blogger meet-ups! am jealous.

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  5. Meeting bloggy friends is kinda surreal. In a cool sort of way.

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  6. I'll put up with all kinds of driving if it gets me to ChikFila.

    Glad you went to meet a new friend. Very cool.

    Those kids...they hate to be predictable.

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  7. This must have been amazing to meet up with Kalynne. So great that you did it! Between the two of you, you could write books on childrearing - what with 15 between you! She makes me laugh so much on her blog and in her comments on my blog. I bet you had a blast.

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  8. Don't you hate it when the kids make you look like you've been exaggerating? (They get you one way or another.) Glad you had a nice meeting - very courageous of you to take the kids too.

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  9. How happy! I'm glad for you, but like Ree, a bit jealous.

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  10. How cool. I would love to meet her! I was laughing at the plan to meet a "stranger" in the middle of no where...my husband is extremely concerned that the axe murder community and the mommybloggers are one in the same. Ugh. Luckily, I am meeting some tonight...I am so going to be watching for random axes at the dinner table.

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  11. How fun to meet imaginary friends!

    And have them be super cool too.

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  12. Golly. You got to meet one of your "imaginary" friends. I hope you got a picture for Larry!

    God bless, and have a wonderful weekend.

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  13. Yay for blogging friends made real! Not that I've actually met any of mine yet, but I will soon. (Next week in fact.) Here's hoping my meet up goes as nicely as yours!

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  14. Oh of course they were perfect. Arnt they all? hehe glad you had fun

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  15. I'm so frightened about meeting blog friends. I've met a couple and then we immediately moved.

    Hmmm. Maybe we should meet. I'm looking for a reason to ditch Vegas ;>

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