This is a story I have saved for several months, but I think my blogger friends will find it amusing.
When we visit our daughter in San Diego we usually end up spending some time with her friends. There are four couples that all have kids in the same age range and live in the same neighborhood. They call each other their "Point Loma Family," and we have gotten to know and love them all as such.
One of the couples happen to both be FBI agents. Although we don't talk about their work, they have shared a feeling of above average caution about many things.
At a Christmas get together we were asked about what we were going to do on our remaining days in the city. I told them we had plans to meet Evelyn and Ken, a couple from Wisconsin, who I had gotten to know from blogging.
When the "wife" learned that we had met on the internet she had all sorts of questions for me.
She calls me "Grandma," and was actually concerned that we would get mugged or swindled. Apparently, going to meet strangers you only know from the internet is a dangerous business. And this may be true for kids and vulnerable singles.
But, whenever I think about her concern, I have to laugh. When you have followed someone's blog for almost a year, you probably know more about them than you know about your next door neighbor! Lunch at Denny's is not a dangerous event.
It's hard to explain the "blogging community" to someone who has never been here. I'm sure there might be some shady characters, but I also trust my own judgement.
So next time you have a chance to connect with one of the other blogging couples, remember my story.