Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The People You Meet

Not saying this is a come back of any type, but after farewelling my darling friend Jeffrey today, I felt the overwhelming need to blog.  Met a weird Japanese/American dude five years ago. Blogging and creative writing led to Skyping, constant contact and the developmlent of a strange and lovely friendship. He's just finished visiting me here in Australia for five weeks, the third of our contacts during that time. We began 'road tripping' first in 2011 along the New South Wales Coast along the Great Ocean Road, again across the US from LA to MA and back via New Mexico and all the bits in between, and more recently down from Sydney to Melbourne for the AFL Grand Final and into the red outback of Coober Pedy. So much has changed. A man I barely knew has become my best friend. I've sold my house and am liquid for the first time in 25 years. I am living alone for the first time in 25 years. My children are settled, happy, mortaged and a whole wealth of opportunities are presenting themselves. I've met many of my international bloggers over that time, and not one - not one - has disappointed and I have so many more to catch up with. 

I know this is a little weird and a little obscure but, blogging, although I have done little of it recently has introduced me to people who I now consider absolute friends. ABSOLUTE. People I've met, once, twice, three and even four times despite the tyranny of distance and a few that for circumstances unseen, I haven't yet been able to connect with. You know who you are. One particularly, has become my favourite travelling companion. A continent apart but always close.  Thank you all who have read, followed and joined me more recently on Facebook.  You have made my life richer. Thank you.