And now, I have yet another "small world" story to share. It's just mind-blowing.
When I was in 9th grade, my parents took me on a trip to Holland and England. While we were in London, we met a group of German students who were the same age as me. They were on a school trip. (Imagine that kind of a field trip! In America, we splurge and go to the zoo. In Europe, they go to other countries.) I befriended one of the girls and two of the boys. We exchanged addresses and promised to write. I lost touch with the boys relatively quickly, but Christiane and I kept writing. We would write to each other and learn about our different cultures and dreams. We continued writing off and on even when I was in college and up until my marriage to Dan. She sent me a wedding present (a German cookbook) and I sent her photos of the wedding in 1995. I think that may have been one of our last contacts.
Fast forward 14 years later to March 15, 2009. I checked my email in box and, lo and behold, had a blog comment from Christiane! My mouth dropped open, and I immediately emailed her back. Apparently she Googled me and found my blog. We've emailed each other a few times, and she has sent me photos of herself and her son. Now I can't wait to pick up where we left off. My childhood pen pal. Wow!
We live in wonderful times, y'all. How amazing that we are able to communicate with people from our past and bring them into our present and futures. I love my blog!!!