We had a really great weekend in Arizona. We went to Gilbert with the whole family for my neice Jacqueline's baptism. We also used the trip to move some of my MIL's stuff to a new rental house she is moving into. It was a fun but quick trip. We arrived at midnight on Friday and it was still 95 degrees! Wowza! Good thing I love the heat.
In Gilbert there are lots and lots of Mormons. Lots. They are everywhere. And they are multiplying! And Jacqueline's baptism was evidence of that. Because of the large numbers of 8 year olds being baptized in the stake, they cannot all have their own service so they have one Saturday a month when all of the new 8 year olds are baptized. So we went to the 2nd of 3 sessions that day to see Jac and several other darling kids be baptized. Because it is a Stake thing, the Stake Primary Presidency gave the traditional talks on Baptism and the Holy Ghost.
This is the part where I kinda started to feel weird.
Not because of the baptism, it was delightful. Jac had cute little ringlets in her hair and my kids all wanted to hug and congratulate her. It was all super sweet and very unweird. The weird part came when the Baptism talk was given. Again, not because it was a weird talk, it wasn't. It was nice-very kid relatable and baptismish.
The weird factor came in because I knew the girl that was speaking. In fact, I felt like I knew her really well. That happens all the time in LDS culture though, right? I often expect or hope to run into someone I know from an old ward, or my mission, or BYU, or some other Mormon-mixing subculture. You see familiar faces in unexpected places.
And I did.
And it was weird.
It was weird because the girl I recognized has never laid eyes on me and wouldn't know me from Adam (why do we use Adam in that phrase anyway? Anyhoo). But like I said, I felt like I knew her. I even knew stuff about her family. And her travels. And even her trials. You have figured it out haven't you? I know her from her BLOG. That's right. She's a blogger! I have another dear friend, Lisa, who lives in Gilbert and she told me about this blog that her good friend Shawni writes. And Lisa was right when she said it's really a fun blog to read. It is! I like it! I even have it in my 'Links I Like.'
So I was shocked when there she stood, speaking at my neice's baptism!
Of course I wanted to go talk to her, but I felt.....well, weird.
But I did it anyway. And she was really nice and very gracious about the whole 'I read your blog' thing. But I figured she would be nice, because I read her blog. And she seems, well, nice. As I was talking to her I told her that it was strange to me that I was just meeting her but knew a lot about her. She just kinda smiled and said something gracious. Ya, I felt weird. Really weird.
So tell me, all you bloggers out there (or at least the two who read my blog occasionally), should I feel weird? Or is this just a twenty first century kind of thing that I might as well get used to? I tried to think if I were Shawni, I would think it was kinda fun to meet someone that read my blog. At least I think I would like it. Unless they were really weird and wanted to hang out and stuff. But I am snooty, so that's not a fair gauge of the rest of you bloggers. Is a blog friend the same as a normal friend? It seems like you would have to read each other's blogs or something before lunching.
I guess that was what was so weird- I knew lots about her, but to her, I was a stranger. I suppose it's a new and evolving phenomenon, this whole blogging world! But I do like it! I enjoy reading different blogs, though sometimes I don't comment because I don't want to be intrusive, or something (??). Although if I read and don't comment, it's really not any less intrusive. Hmmm. I just don't know all the etiquette of stranger blogs. I really enjoy comments from people I don't know-I think it's fun! I guess I am just not sure if everyone feels that way. And is it OK to actually TALK to someone IN PERSON without ever first introducing yourself on a blog comment???!! So any advice for this weirdo on blogging friendship would be welcomed.
And thank you Jacqueline for inviting us to your baptism. I loved it! Weird blog moment and all!