This morning I read an article titled 5 ways total strangers can make your trip better
It reminded me of one of my all time favorite conversations with a complete stranger….
It happened like this….
We were visiting our eldest daughter in Wisconsin. Lunch time rolled around and daughter suggested we needed to visit her new favorite place to eat……
The deli @ her hometown grocery store. (I love that girl!)
So we piled in the van and headed into town.
Everything was just as she promised.
Broasted chicken, fish, roast beast, fresh watermelon, strawberries, salads, dark roast coffee, etc. etc.
The only thing they didn’t have was adequate seating. As we stood there weighing our options I worked up the nerve to ask a businessman sitting at a table by himself..“Would he mind if we joined him?”
“Not at all!”
So we grabbed another chair and the (5) of plopped down next to him.
Community building started right away…
Who we were, what brought us to town, yada, yada…
And how about him?….turned out he worked as an engineer for one of the bigger businesses there in town… more small talk…he loved his job… yada yada… and then somehow we stumbled across his current passion…
Brewing artisan beer in his garage.
One question led to another…
It was fascinating.
We were introduced to the microbial world of beer fermentation (and none of our party even drinks beer).
You could feel the energy around the table. There was a genuine sense of connectedness and letting down of our guards.
Then before we knew it, it was time to go our separate ways.
That sense of connection is the main reason I blog. It has created opportunities to get to know people I otherwise would have never met…
and at a level that is virtually impossible to get to any other way. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the type of topics we interact over. Last count, Mrs DM and I have met seven of you in person, some of you more than once.
Without exception, you have all been exactly as I would have expected..except better. Each time, it has felt like I was meeting a long-lost relative.
So tell me, If I was sitting @ the deli table with you right now, and asked, What is something you enjoy that gets you fired up what would it be?
I really do want to know! DM