Old Friends Meet for the First Time

Claudia, Ken, and I at Valley Green Inn

Old Friends Meet for the First Time

We’ve never met in person before. We’re friends of words and Internet connections. Yet here we are with our spouses—six of us in all—sitting at a table on the porch of Valley Green Inn. And talking like we’ve known each other for years—as I suppose we have.

I wish the weather was better, so that they could see the ducks and geese swimming on Wissahickon Creek, or that we might see horseback riders trotting down Forbidden Drive. We’ve not had rain in weeks, but today we have a downpour. Like a scene from a Fellini movie, a unicyclist pedals past us. We’re sheltered on the wide porch until the wind shifts, forcing us indoors. We drink coffee, our words and laughter rise with the steam, joining other long ago scents and sounds embedded in the old walls.

thunder claps,
flowers look up and laugh
drink in celebration

For dVerse, Haibun Monday. The theme is shelter. I was so excited to meet Ken and Claudia and their spouses last week. The get-together was Ken and his wife’s idea. I’m so grateful they reached out to us. I thought of Valley Green because we often took my mom there for an August birthday brunch.

Last week I baked a chocolate cake in her memory. Here you go, Claudia.

83 thoughts on “Old Friends Meet for the First Time

  1. What a wonderful thing to do, Merril! I would like to organise something like that for the UK members of dVerse next year, if possible. I love the way you painted a picture of the rainy day, especially the ‘scene from a Fellini movie’ when ‘a unicyclist pedals past’.

  2. Awesome.
    I can identify.
    I have met in person two poetry friends from facebook both meetings i blogged at Lunch Break at posts# 1059 and #1724. One from Canada one from America 😀

    Happy Monday

    Much 💖 love

  3. You hooked me with the scene out of a Fellini movie; what an incredible image. I have several actor friends who perform in circus and carnivals, jugglers, mimes, and unicyclists. How wonderful to meet in person. I live it vicariously; thanks.

  4. This is so heartwarming to see! So glad you had the opportunity to meet with other dVersians in person, just as Bjorn and Lillian did recently. Your vivid haibun made me feel like I was there too. I especially love the last line of your prose, giving the sense of familiarity to new conversation. Cheers to poetry and connections made!

  5. What a wonderful event that was and I am still thinking about it. I know that memory is one that will stick with me in full detail. I am grateful to have friends like you and Ken. And we are truly friends, even if we have met in person only once! And…that cake in your photo…all I can say is, I wish I were there in person. You know what would happen next…!!! Thank you for all these years of enjoyment of words and communication.

    • Thank you so much, Claudia. It was really wonderful to meet you in person. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time, too.
      If you were here, I would have cut you a huge slice. 😏

  6. It looks like a wonderful outing and meet-up, Merril, even with the rain. It’s so much fun to meet up with those we’ve been exchanging words with. 🙂

  7. What a wonderful event! It’s a fantasy of mine, to meet face-to-face with each of my blogging friends, but it’ll likely remain a fantasy. Then again, you never know.

    On our last trip out west, we got off the interstate and stopped in to visit Kevin Brennan and his wife for a couple of hours. I can’t remember exactly when Kevin and I connected through our blogs, but I know it was several years ago. And, you’re so right, even though it was our first face-to-face meeting, we talked like old friends. The experience also proved to my husband that my “virtual” friends are just as real as the ones we occasionally have dinner with 😉

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