A woman in Kansas found Soul Dipper.
She left a comment. A tear lodged itself amongst her words. Her husband had recently died. Having done work with people in Grief Recovery, I was touched by her willingness to express grief on a stranger’s blog. With caution, I wrote and offered condolences.
Dianne responded with a warmth that would dry any tear. Thus began my cautious communication. She knew I lived on the West Coast of Canada so explained that she had been raised in Montreal. Her husband’s business interests had taken them to the States. She said she had a childhood friend on the West Coast who built a fabulous sailboat and took people out on charters. She wondered if I knew of him.
I smiled to myself. There are numerous fabulous sailing vessels around the West Coast islands. I became suspicious that this woman was actually an off-shoot of the famous Pinkerton family. I didn’t respond to her subtle questioning. The subject would surely dwindle and drop.
One of my later blogs included photos from a hike. Dianne wrote enthusiastically that the area looked very much like the island where her friend lived. This time, she included her friend’s name and the name of his boat. I was floored. Did I know the vessel! Don, the owner, had taken me for a sail on this exquisitely crafted gaff-rigged yawl.
I phoned Don to tell him about having “met” his long-time family friend, Dianne. Typical of a man who spends a quiet life on the water, he simply said, “That’s amazing.”
When I told him Dianne planned to visit “Don’s island”, he said, “Yah, she emailed me, but I don’t know when she plans to come.”
“What’s this Dianne like?” I asked him.
“She has a really beautiful and kind heart. When my mother was dying, Dianne came to Montreal and the way she treated my mom was phenomenal. Her kindness surprised my whole family. But she really loved my mother. Her mom had already died. Our parents were best friends.”
I emailed Dianne, confessed my reticence for disclosing personal information and left further contact in her hands. Like any wannabe Pinkerton person, buoyed by success, she responded immediately with a date of arrival to “Don’s island”. She also wanted to meet the author of Soul Dipper. “Could I treat you to lunch at the Rawsome Café?” she asked.
Jim and Chris, owners of The Rawsome, said the season had finished for lunches. Jim was supposed to go off-island to teach Raw Food cooking and, fortunately for us, plans changed. They were able to extend their season just for Dianne from Kansas.
There’s still some visiting to do. Dianne said she was going shopping this morning and wants to head for our highest mountain viewpoint this afternoon. Don has scheduled a sail for tomorrow.
My Guides are telling me there’s more to share. I will be back as soon as possible.
Amazing what this blogging world does to and for time and living!