We met Brenda.

We met Brenda.

Hi there

Thanks for popping in. Been a long day here in Glasgow! Stand A19 all set at the SEC. Dave, Paul and I just kept going, from 8 this morning till 6 this evening – until the table was all laid lovely, ready to greet and serve our Scottish friends tomorrow .

Speaking of Scottish friends, I must tell you: we had the BEST evening yesterday! Many of you will be familiar with the name Brenda McCaw. She and I have been friends for years. We write to each other most days and are proper penpals! We’ve spoken on the phone too. But. We’ve never met in person . Until yesterday that is! Yesterday, dear Brenda came over to Glasgow with her cool buddy Stew, to finally meet each other properly. She came laden with gifts, beautiful handmade treats and delicious truffles (epic truffles!)

And we talked non stop from the moment they landed until it was time for bed. Have you ever met somebody and just completely loved and trusted them from the moment you clapped eyes on each other? Well, that person for me is Brenda. As soon as she got out of the car I knew we would have a brilliant evening. I knew we would hit it off because we‘ve been writing for years, and about quite deep stuff, but it is different face to face, isn‘t it. She is the prettiest woman! Petite, beautiful smile, wonderful big deep eyes. Just perfect. Dave and Paul were enchanted by her too. She has such an infectious laugh! To know her is to love her.

Brenda is very open about her autism and her struggles with her condition, and how it has affected her life. Hers is not my story to tell, but I can tell you that you‘ll rarely meet a more honest, lucid, switched on individual. It is a pleasure and a privilege to count myself a friend. I wish she would write a book; I think she could help a lot of people – and that is what she likes to do most.

I‘m looking forward to hanging out with her again in October, when we come back to Glasgow!

But now I really ought to focus on the next 4 days. Hope to see you at the SEC ! Doors open 10am.

Love and Hugs

Barb xxx

25 thoughts on “We met Brenda.

  1. How lovely for you both to meet after all this time. So pleased you had a good time – both of you xxx

  2. How lovely to meet Brenda after all that time of being in touch! I think we’ve all got to know Brenda from your blog too. She says many a wise word. Hope you have great shows. See you on the other side ! X

  3. Glad you have been able to meet Brenda. She has helped make your blog what it is with her very wise replies.
    Looking forward to seeing you in the morning. X

  4. How lovely to be able to meet up with Brenda. I have seen her posts on your blog. I met up with an old school friend a couple of weeks ago after not being in touch for twenty years. We spent hours chatting just like old times. Wonderful. X

  5. Brenda is a very special person for me to and I thank you with all my heart for making her so happy. Love Dot x

    1. Aww, back at you too Dot. Great to see you here. Love you xxxx

      I’m going, before I get even more upset, happy tears

  6. How wonderful! It has been such a pleasure to read Brenda’s comments over the years. Now you have put a face to her for us. Hope the show goes well. X

  7. How lovely for Brenda and Barbara to meet up and to be able to consolidate your friendship in person. Very pleased for you both.

  8. Hi Barb,
    I’m so pleased for both of you that you finally been able to meet face to face. I have read ,and sometimes commented on, her wise words since the blog started and I know that you mean the world to her. I understand her difficulties through teaching SEN students and know that this meeting will have given her a real boost. I hope you get a good nights rest and that the show goes well tomorrow. Brenda, if you are reading this, I’m so happy for you! Love and hugs,Alison xxx

  9. I am so glad that you and Brenda have been able to meet up and also have another get together to look forward to in October.

  10. Aww Barb, I’m lost for words (that makes a change eh 😉). Ditto back at you, is the best I can manage today. I had the most special time with you all, beautiful people inside and out. I don’t think the smile has left my face since last night… Can’t wait for October.
    Hope you have a really good show with loads of visitors and empty stands by Sunday. Love you xxxx

  11. How wonderful that you and Brenda have met after all this time. I bet Brenda was over the moon meeting you, something to look forward to for you both again in October. Hope you had some photos taken would love to see them if you have. Enjoyed her helpful comments over the years on your blog and would be great to put a face to her name. Hope you have a good show and that it’s not too gruelling for you all.xxx

  12. Glad you had a wonderful evening with Brenda, have always enjoyed reading her posts on your blog. It is always nice to be able to put a face to a name after all that time of corresponding with each other. Hope the show goes well over the next few days & you have plenty of customers. Stay safe & well everyone.

  13. Hi Barbara
    What a lovely treat for you both and well done Brenda making the journey yo see Barbara, I know that must have been a challenge for you but with a big reward at the end. I hope the show goes really well foryou tomorrow Barbara.
    Love Diane xxx

  14. So pleased you finally got to meet Brenda I can imagine how thrilled. She is I know how much we love you too sounds like was worth the long drive just to see Brenda save trip to NEC lots love x

  15. Hello Barb, what a lovely part of your trip, meeting Brenda face to face. I am sure that the doors are going to open to a river of people, and many will be pleased to be able to come to the Clarity stand. Enjoy. Take care all. Bx

  16. What a lovely thing to read about. I love reading Brenda’s comments on your blog. Sounds like a perfect day despite all the hard work involved in setting up for the show. Hope everyone going has a great time snd the show is successful for Clarity too.

  17. What a lovely post and such heartwarming comments too. There is still so much love and positivity in this world and especially among this lovely group of Clarity people. Best wishes for a successful and enjoyable show to you all. Hugs. Annette X

  18. Great blog today, made me feel all warm and fuzzy, just what I needed to cheer me up after the last few bad days.
    So pleased you and Brenda were able to meet at last.

  19. Isn’t it lovely when you just ‘click’ on fist meeting someone! So good to know that is how it happened and that you get on so well especially after all these years of writing to each other. Hope the Scots attend the show in force and you have a great time… easy with those truffles tho’ but enjoy every mouthful xx

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