Wednesday, 27 Sep 2006

A Smile Means Friendship to Everyone

Yeah, It’s a Small World.  I say this quite frequently.  It seems that I am particularly prone to overlaps in different areas of my life.

My most recent example definitely takes the cake.  By way of background, I currently have a prominent position in a local Mom’s group.  My name appears in the newsletter, etc.

About a week ago, I received an email from a pen pal I had when I was 12.   This is already strange, because I’m now in my 30’s.  As it happens, I did not change my name when I got married and she knew I was from this area, so she gave it a shot.  I grew up in Massachusetts (where I now live), but she grew up in New Jersey.  We wrote to each other until our early 20’s and then lost track of one another.

I was very surprised to hear from her and even more so to realize that we live in the same area.  We had never met in person.   She lived in NJ.  I went to college in NJ, but then she left for college in PA.  I then moved to Maryland.  She later moved to Maryland.  I moved back to Mass in 1997 and she moved here a few years ago.

As it happens, she lives in the same town, about 2 miles down the road.  She got married 3 years ago, I got married 2 years ago (both in our 30’s).  I have a 10-month-old son (now 11 months!), she has an 8 month old daughter.  We’re both stay-at-home moms.  Our husbands work with computers, and both of us have previously held jobs that involved technology and non-profits.  In Boston.  We each have traveled extensively for work and are glad we no longer have to.  We’re pursuing writing careers (hers in fiction, mine in online journalism/freelancing) now that we’re home and can really follow our interests.  We each own two cats.

So, there you go.  Is your world smaller than mine?  Let me know!

One Response to “A Smile Means Friendship to Everyone”

  1. Pendullum Says:

    Now, that is pretty cool…
    I can not imagine my old pen pal finding me…
    We shared some pretty great stories through the years but lost touch after we were twenty…