My family recently found itself travelling for a long weekend, in a big city, in a different part of the country. And as fate would have it, it was near-ish to where Jz lives. My family's plans were fairly fluid until pretty much the last minute, but Jz generously went with the flow and came to spend the afternoon with me.
Nilla too lives near-ish - and I would have so enjoyed meeting her also - but - nilla - I'm really glad you are taking care of your self and that you are feeling better.
As she mentioned, Jz and I have been friends since we both started blogging. We both seem to have jumped into blogging at about the same time, although i remember contacting her very early on and being honored and relieved when she responded so openly and warmly. I had been nervous because i was so new and she seemed, on the page, so all-together and wise. That is her voice, the voice that comes through in her writing, sharp, intelligent, introspective, and entirely unique. In chatting with her, I discovered pretty quickly that these are the person she is, not just the persona that comes through in her blog.
We have exchanged a few pictures over the years, so i had an idea in my mind of what she looked like, her face at least - and she may have mentioned on her blog that she is tall. But I would have thought that, in meeting her, i would have been most curious about her appearance, to put a face and a physical presence with the person i knew only through writing. I was surprised, as i waited at the train station for her, that it was her voice, her actual voice, that I was curious about.
And she has a lovely voice. It fits her perfectly. It is charming without being smarmy, strong and sincere, not at all saccharine but very sweet to listen to. And we did talk - all afternoon. It was as easy and comfortable as old friends - which of course, it was, just with the addition of the physical - and the audio.
I'm so glad we got this chance to meet. And the hugging - i'm not a hugger either - but, it just happened, twice even i think.