Many of my readers may remember MB Whitaker who was well-known and liked for her lovely blog Find Me a Bluebird, where she posted almost daily poems and photos. Sadly she stopped doing so about two years ago but has left the blog up. Meanwhile MB still sings and plays with her band The Heard.
I was thrilled to receive an email a few days ago from MB that she, her husband and daughter were coming from Idaho to Vancouver for a brief visit on a Pacific Northwest Coast holiday trip. We arranged to meet, and that was last night for dinner at a restaurant on Granville Island. Wow, was it wonderful to make that face-to-face connection once again with someone who had become an online friend. My inner shyness always quakes a little at the prospect of meeting the first time but melted away quickly for as always it is a wonderful and memorable experience, cementing a friendship even more.
MB and her husband both work in the non-profit environmental fields, and MB is also a web designer so we wished that our daughter Erika had been able to join us for those are her areas of work too. MB's daughter, still in high-school is bright, beautiful and creative like both her parents. After our discussions of what might be her future career choices and places for study, she showed great interest in the quick tour we took afterwards of our art and design institution nearby, Emily Carr University, though quiet at this moment between semesters. Our time together was too short but we hope to meet again!
I did take a photo of them but forgot to ask for permission to post it - maybe later?