A small world

A funny thing happened last week while we were out shopping.  We were down in West Lebanon, walking the aisles of Kohl’s, when a young woman stopped in the middle of the aisle, turned around, looked at us, and said, “Anna?”  My jaw dropped, and I stared at her like she had 2 heads (what I was really doing was trying to figure out how I knew this woman – work, church?).  It turns out she’s someone I correspond with regularly via one of my Yahoo groups, and she recognized Anna from her pictures on the blog.  I knew she lived in that area, but it just didn’t click until she told me who she was.  Pretty neat. 

I have to admit that the idea of me or my husband or child being recognized from a photo online feels a bit strange.  After all, we’re not exactly celebrities.  I’m sure there’s no real danger, but I was surprised a few weeks ago to find that a photo of Anna from the blog had popped up on a MSN search someone had conducted using the search phrase “say a prayer.”  I use a hit-counter on my page that enables me to look at certain statistics, one of which is the page from which someone navigated onto my blog.  When I saw a MSN search as a referring page, I checked it out.  That was kind of weird.  There were all kinds of photos on that search from people’s personal pages.  That sort of thing makes me wonder if ultimately I will need to restrict access to the blog and password-protect it.  I hate to do that, because there are so many friends and family out there that enjoy reading it, but it’s not worth taking any security risks with my family.  I’ll be watching the activity closely in the future.

All that said, it was very cool to meet someone face to face that I’ve spoken with online, and we’ll be planning a get-together sometime this spring so our adopted daughters can meet each other. 

Anna got to visit with her Grammy and Nonno Casciari for a bit today as they were up in the area delivering their daughter.  A good time was had by all.  She even fell asleep on the way home, so she got to take a nice nap.  We’re home now, playing Legos.  She’s actually able to entertain herself with her Legos for half an hour or so now, which is a real treat.  She’s getting pretty good at lining them up and building low-level towers.  I think she’s going to get to go to band with me again tonight; everyone thinks she behaves very well.  I know she has to be a distraction, and I don’t want to wear out her welcome, but everyone keeps insisting she’s not bothering anyone but me.  I’ll have to try to make sure I quit bringing her along before she’s a nuisance. 

On a side note, if you haven’t watched the Pixar movie, “Cars”, you should rent it.  It’s very cute.  Kind of a long movie (almost 2 hours), much longer than Anna’s attention span (less than 2 minutes!), but very entertaining for adults as well. 

3 Responses to “A small world”

  1. Carol Wood says:

    I don’t blame you for being worried. I don’t think I will be posting photos when we finally get to the referral stage. Too many wierdos!!! We will miss your blog, but understand COMPLETELY!

    Carol Wood
    LID 4/25/06 :yes:

  2. Billie says:

    Thanks, Carol. I don’t plan to password protect it just yet. Nothing really scary has happened. It just sort of makes you think about things a little harder. There isn’t any information in my blog that couldn’t be gleaned from simple information searches of the phone directory, etc., so there’s not really anything that private out there. But, I think I wll be more alert to potential security risks in the future!

  3. Raine says:

    Hi, Billie. Sorry if I scared you at Kohl’s. I almost didn’t say anything to you, as I didn’t want to appear stalkerish. But, I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say hi when I recognized you all. I feel guilty admitting this, since I follow your blog (obviously), but we decided not to do a blog for security reasons. I LOVE reading everyone else’s, but we decided to set up a Yahoo group for our adoptions so that family could follow along in a less public way. It’s worked out great for us and we’ve kept it going since Sunnee’s adoption (in 2005). When not on an actual adoption trip, we just post new pictures and an e-mail once a month to keep everyone in the loop.

    Anyway, sorry if I scared you! Anna is so adorable and we look forward to a spring get together.