I’m writing this blog post on the train from Boston to New York for the next leg of my book tour. The trip to Boston was wonderful–and not just because it kicked off what I hope will be lots of fun book promotion. No, even more fantastic was that fact that, in the spirit of MWF Seeking BFF, this trip was all about friends–old and new. I stayed at the apartment of one of my college besties. She was there with me before my first ever reading to calm my nerves and make me laugh. Because she’s the awesomest. And I got to visit with old friends of Matt’s, who knew him and loved him long before I did.
But I also got to meet new friends. Specifically, I finally came face-to-face with ladies I’d met only on the Internet—through their blogs and mine. Katie and I met for lunch, and of course, the first thing I said when we met is: “I’m hugging you!” (This is after I almost hugged a stranger on the street because I thought it was Katie. Ah, the dangers of blind friend dates. I said to the girl “Katie?” with arms spread wide. She said: “Huh?”) We talked books and blogs and new friends for an hour, and Katie even brought me tea because she saw on Twitter that I had a cold. Is that friendship or what?
This morning I met Lindsey for coffee. She was the picture of put-together. Wearing awesome red pants with leopard print ballet flats, and a camel sweater that I’m pretty sure I had in my “what I want to wear when I grow up” scrapbook once upon a time. I, on the other hand, showed up 10 minutes late with makeup still caked under my eyes, because my alarm didn’t go off and I overslept. In fact I woke up exactly three minutes before we were supposed to meet. True story.
And yet, Lindsey was totally forgiving of my scattered nature, and her outfit was only the first thing I loved about her. Funny, smart, thoughtful–all the things I already knew from her blog, but now in live action! If I didn’t have a train to catch I would have forced her to hang with me all day.
So for those who wonder if I’m still making new friends two years later, the answer is yes. No more 52 dates, but the quest never ends.
Ever had a friend you’d never actually seen in person (Internet, pen pal, whatever)? Did you finally meet? How’d it go?