When I started this blog two and a half years ago, my only hope was that it would help me work through the emotional and physical transition of leaving my job and moving into early retirement, with Mike then following shortly thereafter. What I didn't expect was how many wonderful people would enter our lives over the years as a result.
Like meeting full time RV'er LuAnn of Paint Your Landscape, and her lovely husband Terry, this last December when we visited San Elijo State Beach, where they were wintering as camp hosts. We've remained in touch since, for which I'm thankful on many levels (I know you'll understand what I mean by this LuAnn.)
And meeting Syd of Retirement: A Full Time Job, and her charming husband Doug this past spring during our month long stay in the San Francisco Bay area, near where they happen to live, and which I wrote about in this blog post. I love Syd's quick wit, and we've continued to exchange emails whenever we are moved to share what we really think about something we've spotted online.
I've felt badly ever since that I had no mementos of our fun, talk-talk-talk fest dinner, so I was thrilled to learn that our paths would cross again this weekend, as Bob and Betty landed at an RV park that was within striking distance of an event we were traveling to.
In spite of getting uncomfortably close to this rather frightening brush fire on our drive up to meet Bob and Betty, getting together again for the second time yesterday was even better than first time. This time we didn't have to be nervous about whether they would like us, and vice versa. We already knew!
I mean really, how could you not love this couple?
The lesson in all of this, at least for me, is to not let fear hold me back. What fear you might ask? The very real fear of being rejected each time I extended an invitation to meet. By overcoming my fears of rejection, Mike and I have benefited from having six truly wonderful individuals come into our lives.
So, Bob and Betty, please know we'd go through fire again (literally!) to enjoy the pleasure of your company. Safe travels till we meet again.
|Bob and Bailey, the canine member of the Lowry family|
|We enjoyed meeting sweet Bailey for the first time yesterday, and hope she felt the same about us!|