Sunday, February 08, 2009
One of the cool things about being in a different part of the country/in limbo/unemployed is getting to see people you'd probably never get to see otherwise. Yesterday was one of those days. Emily and two of her three kids made the really generous offer to drive a very long way to come over and spend the morning hanging out with M and me. After making up a vague excuse of how I knew her (online network!) my parents were kind enough to leave us alone, making me feel only slightly older than 15 years old. Before they arrived my parents were a bit concerned you met her online? you have never met her in person? she's coming to our house? But within moments Emily had my dad eating out of her hand and even moving her car for her. I think that's just how she rolls, people like her immediately.
Over the din of children we were able to look each other in the face (she's quite lovely) talk about each other's lives and spend time just being together in a way that was so completely effortless that within 3 minutes I'd forgotten altogether that we'd met online in the first place. I really, really enjoyed our entirely too short visit and it was also really special to watch our kids get to know each other. Her son is wise and adorable and her daughter is precious beyond belief. M took to them both immediately and had the great honor of holding the baby for awhile. Emily also did me the great favor of explaining to M how babies are born (hey, she asked) as well as solving some other life mysteries, like how breast feeding really works. Needless to say M was enthralled and she's been asking me for a baby sister ever since.