Monday, May 10, 2010

Keeping up with the Peterson's

At a point right before the New River Birding and Nature Festival, I realized that of the seven other people staying at the Farmhouse, I had never met ANY of them in person.
This wasn't a totally new concept for me...jetting around the country meeting strangers is old hat.
A few of the people sleeping under the same roof, I hadn't even spoken to over email. And one of them was a MAN.

Murr: "Hey! Can my friend Linda come along?"
Me: "Sure! The more the merrier!"
Molly: "Hey! Can my friends Lee and Courtney come along?"
Me: "Sure! The more the merrier!"
Everyone seemed to be coming in on a different day, and even that changed daily.

As they drifted in, I did my best to be a good host (since I was the nut who implored them to attend this festival in the first place).
I had no preconceived notions of anyone, so it was nice to meet each new face.

Some of us liked each other so completely and so quickly, we began to use each others mannerisms:

(Photo by Mary Ferracci)

Lee and Courtney Peterson arrived, and I adored them immediately.

(I'm going to let you click on their links so you can appreciate the shock I had when I found out who they were. )

Famous surnames didn't matter around the kitchen table and we found other things to discuss.
We didn't make a big deal out of them, they were just another couple of birders who found themselves staying in a house on a hillside in West Virginia.

Though they were only able to stay for a few days of the festival, it was a pleasure to extend that famous Flock hospitality to such nice people. I think they had a fine time, and I'm sure they were happy to attend a festival just for the birds.

Lee and Courtney, we were thrilled to have you...and hope to see you again soon!


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Wow! I would have geeked out.

Susan Gets Native said...

I geeked out privately.

littleorangeguy said...

Oh my God, Susan (Mary!) I LOVE that photo. Talk about capturing a moment, and a connection.

Mary said...

WHO was there? Honestly, I didn't know... and didn't see them :0/


I aim to please, Sara. I love that photo, too.

Susan Gets Native said...

Mary, they had left by the time you arrived. They were lovely.
And that photo...I keep going back to it and grinning like an idiot.

NCmountainwoman said...

Wow! What more can I say?

Kelly said...

Wow!! I would have geeked out too...

I hope to make it to this festival one of these years. I've been enjoying all the posts showing up on it--and drooling over the Cerulean Warbler shots.