One of the reasons I spend so much time visiting blogs, finding new blogs, and commenting on blogs is to find a sense of companionship and community.
When I was a little girl, I didn't live in a residential community but on a dead-end street. Play dates? Nope. After-school activities? Not until I got a worker's permit at 15 and got a job. I spent most of my time in my room with a book or a pen and paper or a typewriter, and in school kept mostly to myself.
I thought I was going to be going to college after high school, and in fact had been accepted to three with some decent scholarships, but not decent enough. I couldn't leave my home town fast enough, so off to the military I went.
|On the way to Korea in 1988.|
For the first time, I had friends -- friends plural. I lived in the middle of tons of people, roomed with awesome roommates, and developed the types of friendships that last to this day. But the bad thing about making close relationships while in the military is one day you're sitting in your room, ready to call someone to go to lunch, and you realize, almost everyone has been transferred to a far-away city. Heck, another country!
|Custom map bracelet by Sherry Truitt (she'll put your city on a piece for you!)|
Even living alone, pre-husband, pre-child, I traveled alone, both to US and foreign cities alike. Believe me, I have a novel's-worth of experiences inside of me, and one day I'll write that novel, but for now, my point is, things have changed.
I've reached a point with health, husband, child, and physical location where tons of travel just isn't possible. This year, I WILL be going to BeadFest in April and Bead & Button in June, but if it's not two hours from me, I just don't go.
Here's where I'm going with this.
Out of all the followers of this blog, there have to be some within my area. I'm about an hour and fifteen minutes from Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. I'm about 45 minutes from Annapolis, MD. I don't mind a two-hour drive. Surely within those cities, or around their area, there have to be beaders and bead makers of all types who would love to have a Starbucks and chat. So give me a shout! Email me with where you live and let's see what we can do!
I'm betting I'm not the only person who interfaces more with blogs and email than they do in person.
Let's change that.