This weekend we had a wonderful visit with a friend that I met right here on the ARK.
Some of you know him as DOK, but I prefer to just call him Daniel. Daniel and I met here last November and we hit it off immediately, but then he left the ARK for personal reasons and I thought it would end there. But it didn't. He was the person I called in the middle of the night (aside from Syd) when I couldn't sleep or I thought I was just going to lose it and he has always been a willing shoulder for me to cry on. He also made me laugh harder then anyone has the right to. I hope I was a shoulder for him too, I tried to be.
We hit some rough patches along the way, although it wasn't really about a problem between he and I, just the influence of other people. But we talked about the situation and gave one another a second chance and I am so glad we did. Our friendship finally grew to the point to where we really wanted to get together, he only lives four hours from me, so it seemed a natural progression. I did speak to my husband about it because I really wasn't sure how he would feel about meeting an "internet" friend and a male friend at that. I also have a 14 year old daughter at home, so its not like I let any TOM, DICK or HARRY walk into my home.
She was not to happy about this and told me that she was staying in her room.. Daniel can be a bit ...hmmm, whats the word,, CRAZY seems to fit just fine, so she was a little hesitant. My husband wasn't so much hesitant, although he did inform me that he was NOT going to responsible for his entertainment (which means, I am doing my thing, don't bother me.. just leave me out of all of this..)
I was ok with this, although I had hoped that they would both like him... I have to tell you, I shouldn't have worried a bit about it. Daniel arrived on Friday afternoon and after a warm hug that seemed to last forever, I called Amanda down, she had gotten home from school about an hour before hand. He shook her hand and they talked for a few minutes. Then we went down to my office,,,,, and she followed us. I was so surprised because she said she was staying in her room. We hung out for a couple of hours (oh and we ordered pizza) while we waited for my husband to come home. When he did... it happened again, Daniel greeted him warmly and then Joe just stayed with us....LOL.
You don't know my kid or my husband so you don't understand that this was a huge difference in their behavior. The point is that Daniel was so ingratiating and warm, that he made them feel like life long friends. Amanda stayed with us until I made her go to bed and Joe even stayed up with us until about 1ish(he usually goes to be at about 10). By one, I was beat so I headed off to bed while Joe and Daniel continued to talk for a while. The next day they ran to the store together and when they came back, I was informed that THEY were going fishing...
I wasn't feeling to well, so I took the time to take a nap.. they didn't get home till 9 pm that night and when they did, you would have thought that they grew up together, the way they were going on, it was really incredible because my husband does not really have any friends and he doesn't make friends easily... but he and Daniel just clicked.
We didn't do anything out of the ordinary while he was here.. we all just hung out and played games.. we had a great time just enjoying one another's company. He was supposed to leave Monday morning, but we were having such a good time that I asked him to stay until Tuesday.. but he had to go to work, so he wound up leaving at 5 after we picked Amanda up from school (at her request).
I have never in my life had a more enjoyable, comfortable just all around good time with someone as I had with Daniel and what made it even more special was the friendship he formed with my daughter and my husband. He is a sweet, gentle kind soul and I am so glad I followed my own heart where he is concerned.