Shabby Miss Jenn

Friday, July 04, 2014

Another Romanian Connection Comes Full Circle

I've written about it before but in case you've missed reading it. 
I lived in Bucharest Romania for two years. 
My father was in the Canadian Military and had been posted
 to the Embassy there. It was like no other place we had ever lived before.
 I was lucky enough to be at an age to experience and remember
 many moments from then.
From the city landscape to the thatched roofs in the
 countryside villages we'd visit.
It was like nothing I'd ever seen before.

I went to the American School of Bucharest while I was there.
It was in a large home and children from about 20+ countries 
around the world went to school there.
I made wonderful friendships with many and have been blessed to 
reconnect with those friends again after so many years apart.

I always sort of kept a mental list of folks to look for again
 on social media sites.
Some were quite easy to find. 
Some actually found me first.
A few came back thru other friends. It's been fun.

One of the friends that was still on my list and
 yet to be found was Kelly.
Her parents were at the Canadian Embassy as well as mine.
She was a little younger then me but we had been
 friends and hung around together.
This photo from our yearbook shows Kelly dancing with 
another classmate at a school dance I don't recall.
I had searched her name and been coming up with no hits.

Being that I live in a rather rural area of Nova Scotia, I tend to 
take art courses that are offered online.
It's sort of my way of treating myself. I get to create art and 
chatter with like minded artists without having to leave my home.

A few years ago, I took an course called
 "Chickadee Road-The Studio Sessions"-by Kelly Barton and Liz Lamoreux. 
Part of this course included a private group
 to connect on Facebook.
As folks joined and posted, I caught the thumbnail photo
 of another classmate.

I knew those eyes.

Within the walls of this art course,
 I had just found Kelly.

It's been a few years now and we have managed to find ourselves 
in a number of the same art courses time and again. We have been building up our friendship with emails and shared laughter. We both love that yes, we have that initial Romanian connection
 that started the friendship; but our passion to create art,
 take photos of life around us; eat good food etc are all
 aspects we can use to build a stronger friendship now.

I'm totally in awe of her talent for knitting.
 It's something I can't do.
I love when she shares those photos.

Within the last few months of our chats and emails, we discovered
 she was going to be coming to Nova Scotia to visit family. 
( She lives in England)
 We quickly looked at work schedules for me and it was like
 the universe was smiling down on us.
 The time frame she was going 
to be here....I'm not working.

After 30 years...... Kelly and I are going
 to see each other again!!!!!

To say that I am excited about this would be an understatement ;)
We are hoping for good weather so that we can spend the day together
 having a picnic, taking photos of anything and
 everything we see together. We also have planned to exchange
 a piece of each others artwork.
I've sketched something out but not taken
 any photos of it yet.

She has teased me already about her piece
 to me by posting this photo to my Facebook wall

I'm positive you'll see a bunch more photos of when we finally see each other.
I can't stop smiling at the thought of it.


emmyray said...

That is awesome! I'm so happy for you.

The Little Acre that Could said...

That was a really cool story. What are the chances, right? You've led what seems to me an incredibly interesting life so far... and you are still young!