- Posted August 8, 2013 by
Kandy, Sri Lanka
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
My thoughts on meeting an ireporter friend from far away Hawaii
I met my online friend Jutka Barabas in 2011 via CNN ireport and since then we have been strong and very good friends.
Jutka's ardent dream was to meet me somehow by hook or by crook and since she was working/travelling on a cruise ship she got this brain wave of getting me down to the Maldives. The Maldives is about 450 miles from Sri Lanka, unfortunately the cruise ship was not docking in Sri Lanka, and the last alternative was the Maldives, and soon her dream of meeting me became a reality when on the 31st of July, she sent me a ticket to fly to the Maldives, and I did so with much excitement and enthusiasm, two pen pals were going to meet at long last.
and so the great day dawned to meet her, flying to the Maldives from Sri Lanka took about 1 hour and 25 minutes, however we had a flight delay from SL just at that crucial moment and I was wondering whether I would meet her at all, but somehow managed it....and she was also waiting for me patiently.
It is very difficult to explain when for the first time you meet someone that you have been corresponding with for the past 3 years, the feeling is like something "oh my God" " I am seeing Jutka in real life," " is this really happening ?" " or is it a dream?"
She was seated under a tree in the scorching mid day heat.... and I spotted her at once, just as if I had known her all along and I had always seen her, she did not see me as she was focused on looking at the road on her left where she knew I would come from that way.... but some how or other I had crossed and I was in the middle of her... as usual in my exuberance to see her I simply ran across the road and gave her such a fright by jumping on her all of her sudden!!! hehehe I enjoyed doing that.....
She was so thrilled happy and emotional to see me at long last and so was I... it was a very happy moment for both of us, and we immediately started to jabber our way along the roadway, and stopped at a park to talk of things and reminisces of what we had shared together both in good and bad times....she was such a sweet and loving kind hear ted person., her dream now realised she said she could proceed now in peace along the way to Switzerland where she was hoping to get medical treatment for her illness. I sure hope she gets it soon.
Meeting Jutka was such a lovely and memorable day for me... and I will hold and treasure this visit in years to come, we both hope to meet once again in Sri Lanka (hopefully) or Hawaii, one day some day soon....
Thank you Jutka for all the things you do, and for your friendship...and for getting me down to the Maldives so I could meet you.