“I’m really nervous about meeting new people.”
She said it first, before I had the chance. I had definitely been thinking it.
On the drive over, I went from turning the heat on to warm my cold hands, to cracking the windows to cool myself off. I was cold, but on the verge of sweating through my clothes.
This is typical Rachel behavior when it comes to meeting someone new. So imagine the relief when we’d just sat down to lunch and she told me she was nervous!
“That’s funny, because earlier today I was telling Dom about how this should be interesting because we’re both introverted, shy people,” I said.
Suzy and I are friends in the sense that we’ve known each other online for some time, and have emailed back and forth for a while now. But getting to meet someone in person who you built a friendship with online is uniquely special. You feel as though you know them, know their family and what gets them out of bed in the morning, but getting to see them with your own eyes, getting to wrap your arms around them in a warm hug … it just can’t be beat.
We ordered the same meal for lunch. I pulled toy cars out of my purse for her son to play with. She finished off my sweet potato fries when I couldn’t eat them all. We talked about writing, about parenting, about where we live and what we do for fun. And I thought, here’s a girl I could spend the day with and never get bored.
Suzy has a contagious smile. I swear that just being in close proximity to her made me feel happy and relaxed.
After lunch, she asked me to go on the search for donuts with her, which I would surely have done had I not had piles of work to do (oh, that’s right, I have a full-time job….). We said our goodbyes and off I went towards the parking garage.
And then I remembered I had wanted to take a photo of Suzy and I.
I turned on my heels, heading for the monorail. Out the door, around the corner, up the humorously tall escalator … but they were gone.
I turned the radio off in the car on the way home, wanting to be alone with my thoughts.
For two shy, young women, we did pretty well for ourselves.
Go check out these photos she took of Vegas. I told her at lunch that she has encouraged me to go out and see more of this city that I have lived in for nearly six (!!) years.