I came from a very large Mormon family (13 kids-yes!). So as you can imagine the offspring resulting from a family that size is... sizable! There are some extended family members that if I passed them on the street I would think they were strangers. Actually, it has likely happened. However, I discovered a new advantage to blogging this past spring. We end up being connected through our many mindless posts. It's more than just voyeurism. It's a way of being closer.
I was staying at a sister's house and had just finished using the facilities and when I emerged I found myself face to face with one of those would-be strangers. He had married one of my sister's daughters and I had only met him once a couple years earlier at a family camp out. I hadn't any reference points to chat with him about at the time so we'd had minimal conversation and then moved on. But now... Oh now was a different story. I totally recognized him, and I wanted him to know that I now knew exactly who he was after reading my niece's scrap-book perfect blog for the past year.
"You're Tim!" I said (then a small pause) "You are an incredibly gifted cake baker, you just got into pharmacy school at the University of Utah (congrats btw), now where is that new baby boy?"
He replied with "You're Kelly! You have a bamboo forest, you hate mother's day and your husband just returned from Iraq..." Geez, who knew the husbands were reading along : ) It was oddly nice to have a new relative who seemed more... relative. As we sat around visiting, one of my children wandered through the room. Another nephew I had lost touch with said "Is this Big Boy or Middle Boy?" Another follower.
The next evening during a conversation with another sister, she told me how much her kids have been enjoying getting to know me through my blog. How flattering! She told me that after a specific entry where I divulged my true feelings about the republican party that her son called her up and asked her about the brainwashing possibilities of Utah culture.... So glad I could be of assistance.