Some things are hard to explain. Like friendship found on the internet.
I'm not exactly sure how we found each other or how long ago but I do know that a connection was made. And I've known for some time that if the opportunity to meet ever presented itself, I wanted to take advantage of it.
In September we (my family) began plans for Thanksgiving travel. I asked Lawman if he would be in favor of a layover in Seattle which would allow me to meet Denise. Lawman was very supportive and so I began laying the foundation for that opportunity I had been hoping for. The next move would be to ask Denise. Was I setting myself up for rejection? What if I wasn't who she thought I was?
Fortunately, Denise said yes. Our meeting happened last week and it was as if we'd been friends for a long-time. No awkward silences. No uncomfortable moments. It was everything I thought it would be. And, our families got to meet too. Big Daddy and Lawman seemed to hit it off. I noticed they were chatting as much as we were and by the time we left there were inside jokes to be shared.
I considered Denise a friend before last week but now it's real. For me. I liken it to an imaginary friend coming to life. It's hard to explain but I get it and so does Denise and we decided that's all that matters.
P.S. Denise ~ it was a pleasure to meet you. You were exactly who I expected you to be! And tell Big Daddy our lights are up.