Noel, May

My pen pal of two years now, Noel, was nannying in California earlier in the year, so she came to visit me and San Francisco for a couple nights. She took pictures too. We drank much tea, visited the Botanical Gardens, and candied our own ginger. She tried Indian food for the first time and quoted books all over the place. (I can't wait to see her again later this fall.)

I always say that meeting a blogger friend in person is like gaining a second transparency to layer on top of a first one. They often seem different from how they write, but that doesn't mean that who they are on their blog is disingenuous — both representations of themselves are usually true, and truer when you synthesize them. When people I know first in person later start reading my blog, I certainly feel that they suddenly know me much better. (And I know you my fellow introverts know what it is to have sides of yourself that don't come out in the average verbal interaction.)

Anyway, meeting Noel was a perfect example of that: I already knew that she was very thoughtful and smart and literary and cultured, and then I found out that she is not ALL classics and theology, but has a lighthearted and playful side to her too.








9 comments:

shannon 10/24/2011 6:11 AM  

Pretty girl, cold water, much love.

red-handed 10/24/2011 6:30 AM  

It's so rewarding when those kind of meetings go well; I'm glad you made a friend.

Holly 10/24/2011 1:25 PM  

shannon - exactly. <3

red-handed - :) I've never yet had a bad blogger meet-up.

10/24/2011 5:15 PM  

"When people I know first in person later start reading my blog, I certainly feel that they suddenly know me much better. (And I know you my fellow introverts know what it is to have sides of yourself that don't come out in the average verbal interaction.)"

^yes. which is why i am usually so hesitant to tell people i know in person where i blog

Holly 10/24/2011 7:58 PM  

Fé - nods. Though it's (almost?) always improved my relationship with the person.

Noël De Vries 10/25/2011 9:20 AM  

...the feeling of someone I know in the physical realm asking me for my blog address, that sudden intake of mental breath, frantic desire to distract them, avoid the answer, keep them firmly planted on their side of the median.

and yet, slitting a vein in full view of cyberia, without third thoughts.

what a piece of work is [wo]man.

I like the story these photos reveal, of sun and cold water and an apparent obsession with drowning.

Holly 10/26/2011 9:27 PM  

Noel - lighthearted and obsessed with drowning are the same thing, right?

yes, it's a "yikes" kind of question for me too -- just how you described it.

Erin 11/02/2011 11:02 AM  

I love your photos and that the two of you got to meet up! I wish I could be there, too.

Holly 11/02/2011 2:31 PM  

Erin - That would have been just about perfect.

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