Now if your teenage son or daughter told you that they were going out to meet someone they'd been chatting to on the internet how would you respond?
Yep, I think we all know what we'd say to that one!
So what's so different about a middle aged mother doing just the same? Weird or what? Does it make it okay just because we're both quilters and bloggers and expats with children around the same age and our life circumstances are remarkably similar even if one of us is English living in America and the other American living in Tokyo?
Well today I did just that, for the first time I met up with one of my blogging friends, Cynthia @AQuilterbyNight. For safety's sake we met in a very public place in broad daylight, The City Quilter, and given that we were both remarkably normal individuals who were very pleased to finally meet each other in person we then went to Stout on 33rd Street for a tasty fish and chip lunch.
It was so great to chat to someone who knows and understands everything I've been experiencing over the last 2-3 years as a wife and mum/absentee mum living a long way from 'home' and better still that we both love to quilt - I don't think either of us stopped nattering long enough to catch our breath the whole 3 hours we were together!!!
I gave Cynthia a small gift that I'd made - a needlecase made with some of The City Quilter's exclusive NYC fabrics and a small strip of Stars & Stripes fabric that I had left over from my 'An Actor's Life For Me' quilt.
And, Cynthia returned the favour with a fab gift of Japanese fabrics.
|This is a plain navy woven cotton - in reality it looks incredibly navy but the camera's picked up all the different shots of thread running through it.|
|A fab piece of Kimono fabric - that's the full width of Japanese fabric apparently - this piece is only 14.5" wide (left to right), - how amazing!|
|This is a large piece of Tenegui fabric, white with blue dots - I could tell you all about it but Cynthia does a much better job here on her blog :)|
As we were leaving I remembered that Flicky had said I had to take a 'selfie' photo for her to see and here it is:
|We were both stuggling with this 'selfie' photo stuff, which part of the phone to look at and all that and fortunately Cynthia spotted that my phone was set to video or I don't know that I'd have a photo to share at all!|
We had such fun and on Thursday we're meeting up again and heading over to the "Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts exhibition at Brooklyn Museum.
So, if you've got a quilty internet friend coming into town, go for it, meet up with them, they may just become a real life friend too!