Okay, so it was't with a fellow blogger. But it was a blog-induced meetup, and I imagine that counts, right?
Remember when Chaplain Mom intrepidly took a group of students to Taize this past summer? I was fascinated by the story, especially because my profession is international education, and I get so jazzed up by young people taking the opportunity to make their worlds bigger than X, Texas. (And I adore the fact that in this case, they did so with a marvelous spiritual focus - I work for a state university, so do not get to arrange such.) Her trip was a huge success, and I can tell you that not only from reading her, but from meeting one of the students who went with her!
This delightful young lady is interested in moving to my town (not very far from her hometown) after her upcoming university graduation. CM put us in touch, and we had lunch together on Saturday. I got to hear about the Taize trip first hand, and really hear about it: What it's like to spend time at Taize. What it was like to volunteer - not knowing what she was volunteering for - and finding out she was a small group leader! How it was to be a member of a completely international group, singing Taize chant in many different languages. First intercultural experiences. Getting lost alone in Paris, and getting found, and learning that it was not the end of the world.
I was smiling all over my face, and I am again, just thinking about it. What a joy for me to meet this person, and to know (however cybernetically) the mentor who connected us.
Thanks, CM! Thanks, RGBP! Thanks, Internet!*
*(Should I thank Al Gore, too?)