If you happened to be near the State Capitol around 7.30 on Saturday night, you may have seen two crazy people doing some west coast swing on the building in the rain. That would be me. No surprise there. The other person, however, was a crazy coincidence: my friend Tyler whose home town is Austin, Texas, and who graduated from St Andrews in June. Tyler and I met at a swing dance event in February and danced together several times over the course of the spring semester.
Despite it being an awful distraction, social networking is good fora fair few things: one of those things is happening upon a friend’s Facebook status which says that he will be in South Carolina for a week. A friend who lives in Texas and whom I met while dancing in Scotland. Some messages and phone calls back and forth, and a fair bit of looking up directions, and we set plans to meet up over the weekend. I drove from Erskine down to Columbia on Saturday afternoon and met Tyler at his uncle’s flat downtown. There happened to be a music festival going on and even though it wasn’t really our type of music, we still walked about and enjoyed it. We also found a wee coffee shop that reminded me a bit of my favourite place to get coffee in St Andrews. Along our walk, we came upon this makeshift plywood wall surrounding a work site. The wall had been painted with chalkboard paint and there were cups of chalk along it. Painted on it were the words “Before I die, I want to…” and hundreds of people had written their wishes and dreams along the wall. We spent a good few minutes looking at it and I added my own to some empty space at the bottom. What a lovely idea! I really wish I had gotten a picture.
We had a great afternoon ambling around downtown Columbia, eating dinner, and dancing in the rain. We unfortunately had to stop because it was getting slippery and falling a couple of stories off of a building would kind of ruin the reunion. Later we went to a jazz club and listened to great music all night, danced some, and talked for hours. Second crazy coincidence of this story: there was a gentleman in a kilt there. I kid you not. A true kilt. I was perhaps a bit too excited.
Tyler’s uncle was kind enough to let me stay the night at his flat, which I was so grateful for because driving home that late would not have been very much fun. I am so glad that I had the chance to see a SECOND friend from across the Pond since I’ve returned to the States. I will also never complain about the coincidence that both of them are absolutely amazing dancers a ton of fun to be around, the way friends should be. It was also fun to attempt a bit of west coast swing again, which is something outside of my normal repertoire.
Despite getting a wee bit behind on homework, my weekend was well worth it. It is a blessing to have friends around the country and around the world, and the ability to see them! I love seeing God play in people’s lives: seeming coincidences end up being moments that you will remember for the rest of your life.
I’m off to work on some of that homework now…
Until next time, may God bless and keep you!