In the end….as with so many things around here….it all came back to the toes.
I was sitting in the front row of the auditorium at the end of Haven 2012 listening to the Q & A session. Questions were flying fast and furious all around me as I sat calmly and contemplated my toes. Well….actually, I contemplated my toes in my new Haven sandals. I had bought them the night before I left for Haven and I remember sitting in the shoe department at Dillard’s….trying on sandals and shoes at a frenetic pace. Boxes and boxes stacked next to a harried sales clerk as I tried to decide which pair to buy.
As if somehow finding the perfect pair of footwear would remove all the anxiety and worry about going to Haven.
These are the thoughts that rushed through my mind as I sat there on the front row. Maybe I should have been paying attention. Maybe I missed a really good discussion about Haven 2013. Maybe I should have been thinking about SEO or aperture or advertising or public relations or whether or not Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was going to be used on Mount Rushmore if George Washington needed a touch-up.
But I wasn’t.
I was thinking about how cute my feet looked in my new sandals.
And I was thinking about how I wasn’t nervous or worried anymore and that I had gone to a blog conference where I had never truly met anyone before…..except on their blogs.
And I was so happy.
Happy that I had met so many new friends.
Happy that I had learned so much.
Happy that my sparkly toed sandals and I had survived.
And the excitement and joy of the moment was too much to keep to myself. I had to share. I wanted someone else to understand. To see. To recognize that we had all been a part of something truly special and we were leaving this place changed in ways, that perhaps even we had not imagined.
“Hey,” I whispered to the blogger sitting right next to me. I kind of knew her…..I mean….we had been introduced once…..and after all…..she was a blogger.
And that was good enough for me.
Good enough to share the wonder and the excitement and the joy of this exact moment in this exact place with her.
“Hey,” I whispered again.
She turned and stared at me blankly. Maybe she didn’t recognize me. Maybe she was really into the Q & A and was unaware of the complete and absolute epiphany that was happening just a seat away.
Undeterred….I gestured toward my shoes. “Seriously.” I whispered. “Don’t you think these sandals are so cute?”
She stared at my feet and my beaming face and took into consideration the earnestness with which I asked the question.
And quizzically looked at me.
And then she smiled.
And that my friends, is what Haven was about. I mean SEO is wonderful and everyone wants to become an advertising guru and Annie Sloan paint truly is incredible. But when all is said and done…..in the end….it’s really about blogging and relationships and two bloggers sitting in the midst of hundreds knowing that this moment was special and incredible and full of expectations for the future.
And a pair of really cute shoes.
PS Just to clear up any misperceptions. Most of the time I wasn’t sitting calmly. There was definite hand waving and plenty of exclamation points.
And a whole lot of absolute nonsense like this