I have been following Heidi's blog with interest lately, after I found out she lives maybe five miles away from me, has many similar musical and literary interests, keeps track of birds, etc. A potential kindred spirit.
Today I had to go to the post office to pick up my melodic banjo book. As I stepped away from the window, I noticed a teenage boy checking a mailbox. He looked vaguely familiar, from pictures I had seen on the blog. I was almost sure he was Heidi's son, but I was too shy to say anything. I saw him later, riding his bike around town as we dropped a car off at the garage to get a couple new tires. I knew from Heidi's blog that he had traps out at various places around town, and he was probably checking them. The Hermit's comment: "Now there's a brave soul!" (It was maybe fifteen degrees at the time.)
It turns out that was indeed Heidi's son. In fact, in an email Heidi said he had recognized me. Wow. Small world. And, how blogging brings us shy souls together. In the last few years, ALL of the friends I have made have been through the Internet. I don't know if I should laugh or cry.