Friday, May 26, 2006

A JLAND REUNION, of sorts.

When the Mountain Oompas and the Wild Women of Hestia Collide....

I am very hesitant to meet 'strangers' from the internet.  I am even more hesitant to expose my family to people I know only through what they write online, but for some reason there were no reservations when Kas told me that she and her family were coming to Colorado.  We have been blog-pals for 2 years now.  Unless we were incredible liars, we pretty much knew everything there was to know about each other.  Even Dickidoo agreed to the meeting without question.

In both households mothers were shaking fingers and begging the children to behave.  In both households the children shook their heads in an agreement that would be forgotten with the very next brain wave.  It didn't matter for they were about to meet kindred souls.

Kas is impulsive.  She must have hugged me a million times.  I didn't mind.  She is just as I had imagined, vivacious, precocious, hilarious, maternal, a small bundle of dynamite.  A short walk to the beaver pond and back had her laden down with rocks, sun bleached bones and discarded trash.  She'd stop every few feet to poke at a pile of animal scat and try to identify the maker of the by-products as well as the meal it had consumed to create such a furry, feathery turd.   And who would marry a woman like that?  A tall, soft spoken man with the patience of a saint and the sense of humor of a seasoned comic.

Dare I suggest that there are children so similar to the Oompas that they could be siblings?  The Wild Women and the Oompas bonded instantly.  They all draw, they all know the same silly songs, they can't keep their clothes dry or clean, they eat pizza like its their last meal, they have no volume control on their voices, they think the answer 'no' means 'I'm sorry, I didn't hear your question, please repeat', and they love to laugh... loud and hard, but mostly LOUD!

For those of you who expressed envy at my opportunity to meet this wonderful family, you are justified to feel that way.  It was such a pleasant experience, and it just felt so right.  There wasno awkward silence as we got the feel for each other.  Actually there was no silence at all, it was loud from the minute the truck doors opened. 

All I can say is:  Thank you Al Gore for inventing the internet so that I could meet Kas and her wonderful family!

22 comments:

demandnlilchit said...

I love that last photo!!!!!!! What a fantastic opportunity for both your families!!!!

deslily said...

oh what fun photo's!!  I've met a few people that I only met thru the internet and I was never disappointed either!! (like you we had spoke thru the net a long time first though)   It's amazing to think we never would have met these people if it weren't for the internet.

xomywayox said...

Cool beans & way 2 go! Thanks for sharing your moment.


Brenda

nhd106 said...

Such fun!  I'm a bit jealous...wish I could have been there..or at least meet a few jlanders some day.

Glad you had this experience!!

Nancy

sugar1337 said...

Sounds like yall had a blast.  A very neat experience.  :)
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deshelestraci said...

Oh the jealousy.  Two really fun families = way too much fun.  I am so glad y'all bonded.  Would have loved to have been there.
Traci

princesssaurora said...

Awesome!  How great is that!  I am so happy for both of you!!!

be well,
Dawn

jckfrstross said...

wonderful just wonderful i am so glad you got to meet and enjoy each others company:) wonderful picture:)

Deb

mumma4evr said...

I am soooo jealous!!!!
Becky

piperacharmed1 said...

I really am jealous...she lives about an hour or so from me...and I haven't met them yet. She sounds exactly like I thought she would. Glad that you all had a great meeting...sounds fun!

Tracie

candlejmr said...

Sounds like a match made in heaven!!!  

Jeanne

gdlywom said...

LOL.....looks like y'all had a GREAT time!!!  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

Adrian  

squirrellywoman said...

You didn't take emough pictures! I want to see more!

am4039 said...

that sounds wonderful. I'm so happy your families met and have a great time.

sdoscher458 said...

That is so great.  Wonderful that you all got along so.  Sandi

hestiahomeschool said...

Oh, this entry made me cry!  Meeting your family was the very best part of our vacation---heck, it was the highlight of the year so far!  We stopped at an outdoor outfitters on the way home (St. Louis) and Dave was easily persuaded to buy two more queen sized air mattresses to bring home so that when you come there will be comfy places to sleep! We ADORED your family.

fitzzer said...

Hi there - Kas sent me - How fun!! Looks like you had a blast. Which is just what I'd expect knowing Kas and her family was involved :)  Love the picture at the end!

ryanagi said...

How cool! There is something so...right...about your two families together. Nice to see the stars align like this now and again.

rgossett4195 said...

saw your journal on Kas's and had to come visit!  What a meeting that must of been!  And how cool is that!???  rose~

cneinhorn said...

that is so great!  loved the photos..looks like everyone had a wonderful time.  

missheathyrmarie said...

How awesome for you Dorn!  Sounds like everyone had a blast!
:)
(sorry this is so late, I'm waaaay behind on alerts! LOL!)

lacaza3 said...

I'm jealous you got to meet kas...
Donna In TEXAS
http://journals.aol.com/Lacaza3/sweepingthecobwebsofmymind