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Friday, November 04, 2011

Five Minute Friday: Remember

Welcome to 5 minute Friday, hosted by The Gypsy Mama. The rules are to write for 5 minutes. Unscripted and unedited.

Remember …

Last week, I attended a blogger conference where I knew no one; except the roommates who I had found through Twitter. Do email conversations count? I was the first to arrive and had the absolute joy of meeting a friendly blogger in the airport who offered me a ride to the hotel and lunch at Chili’s. I was welcomed! But we had to part ways eventually.

Later I found myself in a room full of chattering women, the 4pm meet and greet. Everyone talking at once like a room full of magpies. I circled, looking for a familiar face, unable to walk up to a total stranger. They all seemed to know each other. So intimidating.

I finally found safe haven in a familiar face who I had chatted with briefly in the airport and relaxed as she told me about her company DIY.

Finally time for dinner, claimed my wandering roommate and made safe haven at a table in the back. Made room for remaining 2 roommates who were coming later. Finally a mission, a purpose, hold space for future friends. Hold vigil by phone for them to make contact so I could bring them into the safe table I had secured.

Confidence? I don’t have it in a room of strangers. I long to be more like my dad who had never met a stranger. Confidence.


Allison said...

I feel the same way about crowds. Why is it so easy for some and so hard for others. My dad too has never met a stranger, he is friends with everyone he meets, and he knows someone everywhere he goes.


T said...

yes I really hadn't thought of that aspect of the conference.. i hadn't gone.. but its right near me... i am sure that is very intimidating... I think i would feel the same as you... but then I imagine most people did...how could many know each other too well?
Good read.

rubberbacon said...

5 minutes is not enough time to tell an entire story. I can assure you that once I got past my own personal intimidation people were very warm and friendly. Thank for commenting. I hope you have a blessed weekend!

rubberbacon said...

Thank you for commenting Allison! Maybe our dad's had the experience? I don't know but I'm trying to push myself beyond my comfort zone. Thank you for commenting and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Rachel Shearer said...

Thank you for sharing you heart with me today. It was warm and precious to me. {ps- my daughter Willow helped me glue the coffee to the cards- she would be thrilled to know that you thought they were well put together ;D }

rubberbacon said...

Willow is a beautiful name!