Our meeting was absolutely enlightening for me! I know that Marion, Patty, Barbara and her mother (was Stella her name? - sorry) all knew each other already, but I felt that I knew them too and was included as if they knew me. Our meeting was actually more than just a meeting for me. I haven't driven into Chicago too often - not too far, usually about an hour ride - but during high-traffic times it can really become more stressful. Just driving into Chicago has always been intimidating and others have always offered to drive me to doctor visits and such at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
This time I was determined to step out of my comfort zone and accomplish it myself. I let too many people in my life say "oh you can't drive it yourself, let so-and-so drive, they/she/he drives it more often." I had my GPS and was confident that I would find it using that (or by calling and asking for directions), and other than the slow traffic during the rain, it was a very easy drive.
I felt so comfortable with all of these women and felt the connection immediately. There certainly was no lull in conversation. Marion, thank you for including me in your meeting and Patty, Barbara and Stella, thank you for your warm welcomes.
I look forward to getting together again. It is so nice when I see a post that I can put a face to the name and picture the person saying the words.
Marion, I hope that your trip home was a safe one and look forward to more news about the conference!
"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
it's about learning how to dance in the rain."