How I met Uschi

Some of you asked how Uschi and I met. It’s really quite amazing but here is our beginning.

Feb 27 005


It’s funny how we started out. I’d gone to a (German language) dog web site where there was a chat room. At the time I was trying to learn some German. (Unfortunately I am one of those people who is not linguistically gifted. )

While there I left a message that I was looking for a pen-pal. Uschi replied to the posting and we have been together ever since.

The first postings were formal. I learned she was born and raised in Schmölln, Germany. She was an Engineer, married, with a daughter, and a yellow Labrador, named Gilli and currently living in Berlin. I wrote to her about me. I was 42, fighting my weight (even then), married, with one daughter, and two dogs. A White German Shepherd, Max and my beloved Shubi.

Over time we would write about what we were doing, what we were thinking, what we were cooking or where we were going. We set up our computers so we could chat online and each day at 3 pm my time and 9 pm her time we would meet to chat!

It was a year before we actually met each other. Then Uschi and her Hubby came to visit us here in the USA! We went on a road trip. Two dogs, and four people in a camper. We went to Niagra Falls, St Louis, Branson, Huntsville, Alabama and then on to Washington, DC. What a blast!

A year later I went to visit them in Germany while Hubby stayed home. Our Max was ill and Hubby didn’t want to leave him. It was so great to be there with Uschi and to visit Berlin after being away from it since 1990.

When Shubi got sick, Uschi helped me find my Greta and she made most all of the arrangements for us to go over and pick her up. This time Hubby came with me and we enjoyed a week with Uschi and her Hubby!

Meeting Uschi is so special because she is now a sister to me. I know I can go to her anytime and pour out my heart and she will listen and love me anyway. She understands my heart and we share so many interests and concerns

We have been through life’s most difficult moments and been able to be there for each other in a way that many other friends simply cannot. I am truly amazed at how a woman from Schmölln, Germany, and a another woman from Falmouth, Massachusetts, could find each other and become sisters!

I  am so very lucky to have found her!

6 thoughts on “How I met Uschi”

  1. Thank you so much you wrote down how we met each other 🙂
    It is exaclty what I feel and I would not be able to express it in a better way.
    I am sure we will keep on our wonderful friendship life long! Love and hugs, Uschi

  2. There are no borders when two equal souls meet ! It is so wonderful that we can make real friends with the help of Internet and a computer ! Even if this person lives on the other side of the world !

  3. THAT is such a great story! People just do NOT realize how close CLOSE friendships (and sometimes even marriages) pop out of our on-line meanderings! That is awesome!

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