However, my on-line friends, in many cases are also my REAL friends. I think of someone like Kristen Wideen,who up until last week I had never met face to face yet we have had hours of phone conversations discussing the great and not so great things going on in our lives. She understands some of the struggles I'm dealing with that my face to face friends don't quite get. She is a REAL friend. And she's not the only one. There are many that I talk with regularly and who are there for me in the good and not so good times and I hope they know that I am there for them too. They push my thinking and I am very thankful for that. There are a ton of these people that I would LOVE to meet face to face. It's actually a bit of a mission of mine, to meet these "virtual" people in "real" life.
This past week, while on Spring Break, I made the effort to meet some of these people. During one of my weekly #1stchat talks I realized that both Laura Komos, and Kristin Ziemke were going to be in Chicago at the same time. Chicago has always been an American city that I was curious to visit, but to be honest I figured it would be to run its marathon. My running has taken a downward spiral the past few years though so the thought of running another marathon is a bit too daunting at this time.
|Fin at the "Green" Chicago River|
|Theresa and I|
|Dinner with Kristin, Laura, and I|
|Dinner with Laura, Kristin, Joy, and I|
From Chicago I flew to Detroit to meet, for the first time face to face, Kristen Wideen. But before I left Chicago I noticed a tweet from Val Ruckes the co moderator of #1stchat with Laura Komos. She was in Detroit for a conference! DMs went flying and as soon as I landed in Detroit with Kristen waiting to pick me up at the airport with the wonderful @MrWideen we headed for dinner with Val.
|Kristen, Me, and Val|
Unfortunately while I was away things weren't as wonderful back at home. There were two family tragedies with the death of my aunt (Mom's sister) and my uncle (Dad's brother). And as supportive as my friends were, it was really good to be back with my family when I returned.
So now what? The lucky thing for me is that Kristin and Kristen have also been selected into the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2013 which means we will get to spend a week together this summer at the Apple Institute in Austin. And of course it has me wanting to meet more of my twitter peeps face to face. I have no idea who I will meet next but I do know there will be more face to face meetings in my future.
*Yes I will blog about my visits to Kristin Z and Kristen W's classrooms and schools.