New Friends in Different Places


The last of my choral concerts for the year took me to Mechanicsburg. We were at Grantham Brethren in Christ Church as a matter of fact. I must say that this church possibly has the best acoustics I’ve ever encountered in my life and we (for an unprofessional group) sounded awesome!!  The crowd wasn’t really big, but I saw a few familiar faces in the crowd, many of which surprised me that they had traveled this far just to see us. At the end of the concert, I stayed on stage a bit longer and talked with my friend Michelle from the choir. I sort of felt like I hadn’t really had a good chance to talk with her the whole choir season, so it was nice to take a few moments to catch up with her. I was the last to leave the stage.

Katie ran up to me at that point because she “missed me” as she said.  At that moment, a lady from the audience came up to me. Now, this is not an unusual occurrance. Perfect strangers come up to me all the time after concerts to say nice things about my solos (a lot which I’m not sure I truly deserve), so I smiled and said “hello” just like I usually do when I meet a stranger.

The lady smiled at me and said, “Hi, Miriam.” (Okay, I wasn’t surprised….my name was in the program). But then she looked at Katie and says, “You’re Katie.” A million thoughts raced through my mind in that second. Things like, “That was weird,” and “Wow, she’s good!” and “She’s not a stalker is she?”

I looked at her and said, “Yes, this is Katie.”

She sort of giggled and said, “I follow your blog!”

Waves of relief washed over me! I was so excited! Wow! Who would have thought! We discovered that we have several mutual friends (that surprised me, but yet didn’t. I have great friends that share my stuff so this didn’t come as a true surprise). We soon discovered that her daughter is close in age to Katie and likes to play softball too. Ironically, her daughter’s name was Katelyn! 🙂

I was so glad that she came up to me and told me that she was one of my blog readers. It just made my night!

Thinking of my new “friend” made me think of a little poem my grandma used to recite:

Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold.                                                                                                                  

A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend.                                                                                                             

A fire burns bright, it warms the heart. We’ve been friends, from the very start.                                                                                   

You have one hand, I have the other. Put them together, We have each other.                                                                                      

Silver is precious, Gold is too. I am precious, and so are you.                                                                                                                          

You help me, and I’ll help you and together we will see it through.                                                                                                                       

The sky is blue The Earth is green I can help to keep it clean                                                                                                                      

Across the land Across the sea Friends forever We will always be.

(Author Unknown)

Just goes to show, you never know where a new friend might pop up!