Last November, I sat at this table in the Gerald R. Ford Airport. A cardboard cup of vending machine coffee had made a ring of brown on the table. I’d spilled because, to be perfectly honest, I was nervous.
I was meeting Megan Sayer. For real. Face to face. An Australian was coming to spend time with me.
She’d come 9,796.6 miles. That’s a lot of them.
When she arrived, it seemed as if she’d only been a few states over. Maybe like she’d been in Idaho or Missouri. And that she’d only been gone a few days.
The nerves wore off right away.
She ate Vegemite in my kitchen. Weetabix at my table. Had fish and chips and lemonade (when what she really wanted was Sprite…I think…). Ate a Krispie Kreme. She had Thanksgiving. Twice. And both times I was thankful for her being part of my family on those days. And thankful that she loved the pumpkin pie. Even if it was out of a can.
After her few days in Michigan. She packed her bags full of sugar laden cereals and fun gifts for her family. I took her back to Gerald R. Ford Airport. We said our ‘good-byes’. We hugged. Tried to convince one another that a few years (even 5) go by quickly.
I watched her until she went too far past customs for me to seem non-stalkerish. I’d planned to wait until her plane took off. But I couldn’t do it.
Walking back out to my van, I felt lonely. Sad.
It would be a very, very long time before I’d see her again. I just knew it.
But, sometimes I’m wrong. And, I’m happy to say, that day, walking out to my van. I was wrong.
Because Megan’s coming back. And soon! I’ll see her in less than a month. And she’s bringing the whole clan!
This time, we’ll get to attend TWO writers conferences together. We’ll have a Sayer/Finkbeiner vacation (that will be ridiculously fun and uber relaxing).
What I thought would be years has turned out to be only months. And that, my friends, is pretty amazing.
Happy Birthday, Megan!
Kangaroo, I guess!
Tell me. Have you had a long distance friendship? How did it work out? Are you still in contact? And…well…how about we all sing a little happy birthday song to Megan!