As I was at work on Friday, three people walked into the store and I instantly sorta recognized them. I have this weird thing where I can remember faces. It's like my brain scans the face of another and says, "familiar!".
There was a woman and two men who entered the store that day, and I asked the woman if she had been here before. She answered that she had and that it was a year ago. As we chatted I started to remember that we had met last year. Then one of the two men came to the counter and I said to him that I felt that we had chatted it up when he was there last year and he said that we did. After a little exchange, I realized who these people were and it was a wonderful little reunion.
They were in the area due to the fact that they showed miniature bunnies. They invited me to come out to where they were showing. I told them that I wanted to but wasn't sure how it would go. I'm always trying to balance my time away from home/Jake with time to be there with and for him.
I told my hubs about the encounter and how I would like to go out to see these little creatures and of course see my quilt shop friends. The next morning he offered to go with me and things lined up at home to work out that we could get away.
These people were so welcoming and gave me a great education on breeding and showing rabbits. It always amazes me how diverse the world is and how many different interest people have. Things are always a lot more involved and complicated than what normally meets the eye and breeding mini rabbits was no exception.
Usually, I am scared of holding animals that are squirmy. Yet since we have owned a bearded dragon I have learned that animals just want to feel secure and that if you hold them close they calm down. I got to hold the tan one, so sweet!
After chatting with Tim, Donel his lady friend took me into the house. This whole thing was happening at someone's home property. She wanted to show me the quilt that she finished and was going to present to the homeowners. They weren't going to get to keep it just yet, as she was going to be putting it into a show. She took me to the bedroom they were staying in and we had a lovely time looking over the quilt as she pointed out different details that she put into it. Oh and I almost forgot to say that while we were chatting in the store on Friday we found out that we had a mutual friend. She and her dude live in the northern Brentwood in CA (there is a Brentwood in So Cal too). I had told her that I'm from CA also and that I was born and raised in the small town of Tulare. She said that she went to college with a gal that taught at the high school there. She told me her maiden name, as they knew each other before they had married. I asked if it was Linda W........? And lo and behold it was! This Linda was my absolute favorite teacher in high school.
So here is the take away: Being friendly and open about who you are and your life can pay off in a great encounter and a surprise of friendship. There are still good generous people out there!