Wow, time flies. I have been busy. But what I want to write about today is the gift I recently received of meeting someone of a like mind. My sister and I are both introverted so often meeting new people is awkward for us. For me it often takes me time to get to know someone before I feel comfortable opening up. However, both my sister and I have spoken of those rare people that you meet where in an instant you feel like you have already known them for many, many years. That happened to me this week!
The meeting came out of a custom order for a sign. And it was for someone I met before long, long ago. A classmate of mine from high school died from cancer (that terrible “C” word) a couple of years ago. I didn’t hear about it until about a year later. I was quite stuck on it because he seemed far too young to be gone and also because he was one of those people that was well liked by everybody. I hadn’t seen him since a chance meeting a few years after high school but when I heard of his death it still hit me hard. He was part of a larger group of my friends and at one point I helped him with his math.
When I helped him with his math I met his Mom and I remember being struck by how close the two of them were. She also took us out for fish and chips after the math help, which I have a fond memory of. After his death I saw some of his Mom’s post on his Facebook page and was heartbroken for her. I always meant to reach out and say something but didn’t know what. I must have found and followed her blog because as it happened she started posting on her blog again this past May. So, Mother’s Day seemed the perfect time to reach out. It is really, really difficult dealing with loss and I know how nice it is to hear from people no matter what they have to say. It’s the reaching out part that matters. So, I did. And, I am glad I did.
As it turns out she is a fellow artist, too and even does Union Jack tables. We started with commenting back and forth on each other’s blogs, then moved to Facebook. Then she had some ideas for me to make garden signs and even ordered a custom sign for her husband (my classmate’s Dad) for Father’s Day. It’s based on the Dig for Victory gardens from World War II and it’s for their garden which is also a memorial garden for my classmate. I felt super honoured to be asked to do it.
Anyway, she came to pick it up this week and it was one of those meetings where it feels like you have known the person forever. It seemed the more we talked the more coincidental things we had in common. It felt like we were meant to meet. And as has been said to me before: coincidences are merely signs that you are on the right path. So, our meeting this week felt like the gift of finding a special connection with someone and it made my week.