Meeting a WordPress friend in real life was actually a weird experience.
Tilly Bud (famously known as The Laughing Housewife) and I have been in contact via WordPress for about a year. We seemed to have known each other well before she opened her house for me and my son, for 5 days.
It was very brave of her. I’m a small Chinese person with a funny accent visiting a suburb in the north, dragging along a 12-year-old boy with me, because, to be safe, you should always bring a friend when you meet an online friend. In my case, I brought my son.
The train was a few minutes late. My phone rang, and a strange voice (with a gently rising tone) asked nervously, “Janet, are you still on the train?” That was the first time we ever spoke.
My son was shocked. “What? You’d never spoken to each other before?”
In the next few posts, I’ll be writing about our time in the north, as these experience were important for me, a foreigner, now a southerner in England. I hope my travel posts won’t be too boring for some of you.
p/s: I have Tilly’s approval to write about our trip and his family, and to use our photographs.
I said Tilly Bud and I had known each other well online. We shared joy and tear before. We knew each other’s family set up. We understood each other’s taste (or no taste). However, when we were sitting down slightly nervously for our first cup of tea, the first questions to me were: “What’s your real name? How do we pronounce your Chinese name?”
After their few attempts saying my name in Chinese with a twisted mouth, we decided that from now on they should just call me ‘Janet’.
What is Tilly like? Tilly’s 1,000 followers are bribing me to reveal more.
I think, the most important fact you should know is that, this family is genuinely full of laughter and love. Richard Curtis should just visit this family one day for his next film.
This weekend, Tilly and Paul are celebrating their wedding anniversary. I’m privileged enough to have seen their wedding photographs projected on a big screen in their house. The couple were leading a more active life in South Africa then: parties, motorbikes, horses, trucks, beaches, and I even saw a size 6 Tilly in bikini.
Now, Paul has been “a bit poorly” and their lifestyle has changed dramatically,
but, bu, their love is ever so strong.
They held hands and kissed (in public) so often that I couldn’t stop taking these photographs.
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