Today marks the birthday of a very special lady. Over the years she has been a fabulous friend and confidante. We chatted through my cancer, roomie grief, and several bouts of chasing the wind among many many chats of hobbies and interests, and the pursuit of happiness and that was before I even made it to Ontario. Since then we could add a multitude of topics and rollercoaster rides. It certainly has been an adventure!
I still remember when she’d told me how old she was and how I thought she must be fooling. She never struck me as “old” she was and still is more active than a lot of folks I know that are much younger.
You know her as Karen (pronounced CARN) Wattie, intrepid wanderer and often accidental humorist as a beloved featured blogger on our Hometown TV12 pages.
I first met Karen when I lived in New Westminster, BC. I was still running my bulletin board system “Tequilla Sunrise,” and I’d found a new chat network to add to my system called TransCanada Network or TCN. It boasted being all Canadian boards, and I thought it would be a great addition to the variety of offerings I already had. I spent a lot of time on the boards corresponding with friends though back then you’d be waiting a few days for a response unless you sent direct netmail, but that got pretty pricey when the phone bill would arrive.
Karen was one of a number of people I’d befriended at the time. She was among the first to reach and and welcome me to the group and we’ve kept in touch ever since.
I had no idea then, that I’d one day be moving to Ontario or that I’d be raising a family with someone I’d met in that very same network. I’d never have believed that I’d have left my beloved Vancouver, or that I’d still be here some 20 years later. So much has changed since then. I giggle now when I think of how old I always thought a Grandma was. Perception is everything, right?
I was fortunate to finally get to meet Karen in person this past weekend at the Brockville Homeshow. I say FINALLY, because you see, we’ve been friends now for almost 25 years, but had never met in person. Thanks to Dale Elliott for taking this photo for us. Those who know me well, know I prefer to take photos rather than be in them but I actually ASKED for this photo. This moment just had to be captured.
Karen will tell you that we’ve known each other over 30 years, but that would have made me 17.. maybe it’s just that I’ve been SUCH a pain in the butt it feels longer. Only she can tell you that. LOL
It’s funny, when we used to say that people would look at you rather oddly and scratch their heads, but now everybody knows someone online that they have never met.
Today I get the express pleasure of wishing you the very happiest of birthdays! I hope we’ll be bugging each other for many many more to come. 🙂
Karen, you’ve been at the other end of my telephone wire for so many years. Many many hours spent bending your ear in happiness, sadness, frustration and fear over the years. Occasionally there were a few amusing stories to share. We met by chance, but with a little luck we were bonded in friendship. I am so very grateful to call you my friend.
Sending you much love and happiness. Today and always. <3