Have you ever had a remarkable day where a number of unrelated things converge?
Stacey Rosen is a Twitter friend, who lives in South Africa, and like me, is a graphic designer. In addition to graphic design, she founded and devotes energy to Story Scarves, an organization whose aim is to teach tolerance through expressive arts.
Stacy was traveling to Seattle as the special guest speaker for Art With Heart’s annual fundraising benefit. Although Art with Heart is located only a few minutes from where I work, I only became aware of it through someone who lives in South Africa!
Stacey isn’t on Twitter very often but she happened to be following the timeline the day I posted my blog entry, Friendship in the Digital Age. When I write a blog post, usually about once a month, it’s out there, and then, *poof*—it’s gone.
The fact that she actually caught it the day I was sharing it, and then READ it, is a minor miracle in and of itself. But then after reading it, she sent me a tweet as she was boarding her plane to say that she was going to be in Seattle and would I like to get together?
When she arrived, she called me from her hotel room on Queen Anne Hill, and we decided since she was going to be at the Pike Place Market, we would meet there.
In my rush out the door, I didn’t have her email address or her Twitter moniker with me, and I couldn’t find any way to reach her except at the hotel.
As I was getting ready to call the hotel, I took out my iPhone, and saw a message from one of her Art with Heart colleagues was waiting for me, letting me know their group was leaving The Pink Door, the restaurant where they’d had lunch. She let me know Stacey was planning to walk through the market.
I was beginning to think our meeting wasn’t going to come together, but I again contacted Stacy’s colleague to let her know I would be parked at the bottom of the market Hill Climb on Western Avenue. Then I waited.
Ten minutes later, seeing her walk down the Hill Climb stairs was a miraculous moment, and all of the goodness about her just radiated from her face.
We hugged and talked for 15 minutes, and it felt like I was chatting with a long-time friend — a fantastic moment made possible because of the serendipity of Twitter.