It was during the exhibit opening last Independence Day that I first got a physical sight of him. I thought I knew him from somewhere. Amidst the energetic event, while entertaining people and chatting with friends… I was thinking where could I have known him. Think, think, think. Then just like in the comic strips, the light bulb in my head flashed and the still small voice shouted UREKA! it's Sebastian Monroe!
We’re Multiply friends (http://multiply.com) for heaven’s sake! I knew him there as Andrew. We exchanged thoughts and insights several times. I remembered him telling me that he wanted to layout his multiply account so that people would read his blog more than look as his pictures. He can’t blame people. With a beautiful face like that, who can resist gaping? I even borrowed one very inspiring blog entry of his (I’ll post a separate blog exclusively for this encouraging letter).
Moving on, I saw a good friend and a council mate back in the University (of Fine Arts) chatting with one of the guys Andrew’s with. That gave me the opportunity to introduce my self. So, being an unrestricted social being that I am and knowing that my friend (from the University) as a guy with impressive upbringing, I came up to my friend and deviously whispered to him to introduce everyone ( I mean our group) to his friend. Reciprocally, my friend's friend introduce his group to us.
Finally, we were all introduced to one another and started chatting. We were standing across each other when I told him that I think I know him from Multiply. I recounted the conversations and the blog I borrowed from him (about his dad’s letter to him).To my surprise he said that that wasn’t him and that he do not own that Multiply account. With a graceful expression on his face, he uttered his real name and said that whoever owned that account is a faker ( I checked my multiply account when I got home and found out that the account I supposed was his no longer existed). He warned me to be careful of what I read and who I talk to and make friends with over the net. I accepted what he said and merrily went on with the evening, feeling good that I made friends with him and everyone else.
I never expected I will ever meet the face I only see in pictures. Unlike some of my friends, (like E - The Chronicles of E), I don’t easily get star struck. But I thought Andrew has a beautiful face and meeting him is an experience that will stay with me as long as I am living.
This experience reminded me to be nicer and kinder to people I encounter every day. My acquaintance with Andrew is another proof that we are all connected one way or the other. This gives us another reason to continue caring for each others, despite the unfamiliar relationships we have.