I value my Redroom online friendships. I see no reason why “virtual” should be considered any less substantial than face-to-face meetings. It seems you get to the core of the matter without a lot of preening. When ideas, thoughts, interests meet in the ether, you are reaching out with the most cherished aspect of your being: your mind and spirit. In the ether, you judge less by appearances and heavily by content.
Belle and Judith Tannenbaum today at Carmel River State Beach
I’ve been reading and emailing Judith Tannenbaum for many months, and I had the privilege of meeting her today when she came into town to see her 89 year-old mother, Edith. I had told her in an email that when we do finally take our walk together, it would be the meeting of the tree people like in The Lord of the Rings. She, a fir tree (tannenbaum) and I, a poplar (yang).
As I rang her mother’s doorbell, my heart was beating fast in anticipation of unwrapping a gift that I felt I worked to deserve. And I was not disappointed. Judith has a sparkle in her eyes of which her author photo captures only a fraction. She was full of questions and learned more about me than I, her. I imagine there will be another walk when I’ll ask the questions that are now crowding my mind.
We took a long. brisk stroll by the water and I showed her my elementary school, the kids’ garden with its tadpole pond, blooming cana, and my fifth grade classroom where Mr. Smith taught us to do swan dives from the mini trampoline, never failing to catch us in his arms. This summer day could have hardly been more conducive to a jaunt with a new/old friend.
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