Touched by her comment, I asked her name and we chatted for a few minutes. It's so lovely when someone takes the time to approach to tell me something like that. It happens often. I continue to be amazed that people recognize me. I, in my mind, have decided that I don't look anything like the blog photo so I should be incognito. Obviously I'm wrong.
The first time someone approached me in public, almost thirty years ago, I was astounded. A young woman walked up to me in the Galleria in Houston and spoke my name. I assumed, incorrectly, that she was a former Girl Scout from one of my old troops. You see, I was a Girl Scout leader for seven years. Often a young woman would approach me and tell me who she was. Of course, since most of those girls had been in the fourth grade when I knew them and now they were in their mid 20's, they looked nothing like they had as a child. I, somehow, to them, still looked the same.
But, back to the incident with the young woman in the Galleria.. She approached me because she had been in a class that I had conducted as a guest lecture on restaurant and hotel design. A student at the University of Houston Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, in fact, she had heard me speak more then once on various subjects. She was effusive and complementary. I was tongue tied and humbled by her gushing. I couldn't even tell you what I said, other then to thank her very much for talking with me.
Since that day and after the many meetings with readers of the blog, I hope that I'm not still tongue tied and silly in my comments. Believe me, I'm honored each and every time I'm approached. Along with being astounded.
As I have said repeatedly in the past, "The blog has enriched my life in ways that I could not have possibly imagined." If it brings information or solace or happiness to a reader, that is just icing on the cake.