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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.

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Comment by JustAnotherUserName on September 15, 2009 at 8:25am
DOK is just the BEST, isn't he?! I've met him a couple times and had the loveliest time ever. He's just what you say: warm, engaging, friendly, etc... (oh, and yes, crazy!) My husband even got jealous, although there was no reason to be. DOK is just a really, really great friend. I'm happy you two got to meet...it'll be a great addition to your real life! (Hi Daniel--miss you!)
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on September 15, 2009 at 8:57am
On the phone with you, it was hysterical to hear him in the background chiming in every so often...making us both laugh.

I'm so glad you guys have become good friends.
Comment by Chig on September 15, 2009 at 9:47am
DOK is beauty..... with a side of beer belch.
Comment by JustDee on September 15, 2009 at 11:01am
We really had the best time...we laughed and we cried. I have found that Daniel is probably one of the least judgmental and giving people I have truly ever met in my life. He talked to my daughter and really listened to her... she cried after he left.. and my husband.. OMG.. they agreed on little but laughed about it the whole time. Its to bad your husband became jealous of him Ruth, if he had taken the time to get to know him, he would have been greatly blessed as we were...
Comment by SydTheSkeptic on September 15, 2009 at 1:30pm
lol- Chig
Comment by Pypermarru1 on September 15, 2009 at 7:45pm
I just knew DOK would be a super cool person if met in person. You can't look that good in Goth video and not be.
I love me some DOK....yes, I'm jealous that you got to met him.
Comment by NatureJunkie on September 17, 2009 at 1:53pm
Ever since I saw DOK's Thanksgiving video, I sensed that he was a down-to-earth, warm, giving kind of guy. I haven't had any communication with him aside from dropping comments on his videos, but I wouldn't hesitate for a second if I got the opportunity to meet him. I think you lucked out, Dee!

Just in case he sees this, I want him to know that I think he was the prettiest one in the Goth vid.
Comment by JustDee on September 17, 2009 at 3:01pm
@ natureJunkie.. I will be sure to let him know.. thanks and you're right, I did luck out.. he is very down to earth...extremely warm and giving. what really amazed me was the way he connected with my 14 year old. He was really able to talk to her on her level, he works with kids in his real life, but seeing in person the way he is able to connect to them was just amazing. Before he came, she was like, "don't expect me to hang out with you, I'm staying in my room while he's here" But after meeting him and talking to him for just a few minutes, she was with us for the whole rest of his visit...What amazed me even more, as I said was that he and my husband grew close also...that was truly a shocker...

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