Those people who make an impact on you ...
... the first ever time you meet them.
Of course, we all have people close to us who impact us and who we really connect with. However, friends and close family tend to spend a lot of time with you; you share many discussions and feelings, and the connection grows stronger with each meeting and new thing we learn about the other.
Have you ever met someone - either family, or a stranger - who made an impact on you the first time you met them, properly?
I'm asking this, because a memory from last year just popped into my head. We were planning to go to Cardiff, my mother, stepfather, grandmother and I, to visit my late Grandad's sister. I'd never met my great-aunty and uncle before, but they'd mentioned how they'd love me to come along too. I remember the mild temperature in the air - a bit of a chill, but it was pleasant. I'd got into the car and we drove for three hours.
When speaking to my great-auntie, sitting outside in their garden, I was reminded more and more of my grandfather. Just her speech, and her gentle nature. If you held two photos up of my grandfather and my great-aunt, you'd definitely be able to tell they were siblings, too. We had a lovely afternoon, and I sat in the car on the way back feeling very content, and relaxed. I felt very proud to be her great-niece.
Last summer, I travelled to Scotland with my dad, and met my godmother for the first time since my christening. She retrieved a few photos and memories of our family, and we spent the day looking through them with her. There were several of me as a baby, and even some letters I'd written as a child and that my cousins had written. There was even a cassette tape (like a spoken letter) and I'm speaking on it - I was only a two-year-old kid. She'd also spoken to me about how my dad really does love me, even though sometimes he might not make it obvious. Like my maternal great-aunt, she's a very gentle, loving person. After we'd taken photos - one of me with my godmother, and one of Dad with her - we left, and I felt ... a little sad. I really wish I did live closer to both of these relatives, they're amazing people.
So, what about you guys? Have you ever met somebody - either distant family, or even strangers - and found they've left an impact on you?
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