Elmine says this about the difficulty to describe her feelings about having almost 70 guests, friends, family, clients, peers, neighbours, spend two days in our home. Where the youngest was 8 weeks, the oldest 80 years. Where the shortest trip made was from right next door, and the furthest from Canada and Indonesia, and the rest from somewhere in between:

I try to find words to describe what happened the past few days, but everything I write down feels incomplete and abstract. How do you put into words how much it means to you that friends travel across the world to attend your birthday party? That you can celebrate a new year in life with friends you haven’t been able to meet for four years (or longer)? Who’s lives have changed so drastically in those years, including my own, but still pick up where you left the conversation all those years before? How can I describe how much it means to me to be able to connect all those people Ton and I collected in our lives, bring them together in the same space and for all of them to hit it off? That they all openly exchanged life stories, inspired each other, geeked out together, built robots together?

It was an experience beyond words. It was, yet again, an epic birthday party.

It also extends to the interaction we had with those who could not attend, because the invitation and response also trigger conversations about how other people are doing and what is going on in their lives.

I completely share Elmine’s sense of awe.

2 reactions on “I Share in Elmine’s Sense of Awe

  1. Ton Zijlstra mentioned this on zylstra.org:

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    Good to see you back on your own blog Henriette, after exactly 3 years! Yes, we should meet more. There’s a self-reinforcing cycle of interaction richness from online exchanges spilling over into face to face meetings and back again. It’s awe inspiring, and usually resonates deeply. I never quite left my blog, but did return to it a year ago, in the sense that I reinstated it as my primary online point of interaction. I look forward to reading you more often. RSS reader has been u ….

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