A New Friend, Instantly

Beauty and the Beast.

Every once in a great while, I will meet somebody, sit down to chat and find that we’re picking up the conversation in the middle from about 30 years ago. The familiarity is eerie.

That happened today when I met my new friend Lisa Thompson at Panera for lunch. I mean, we went straight into it, nodding and expressing and questioning and offering up what we knew. The conversation was probably far more wide ranging than either of us expected and that relaxed confidence came about in the first 20 minutes of a 90 minute chat.

Lisa, an ad exec at Wheeler Broadcasting and a native of Mississippi, is a refreshing middle-aged woman (looking like she’s maybe 30-35, but to my surprise is considerably older) who is bright, eager and thoughtful. She may look like somebody from “Dancing with the Stars,” but she sounds like my mom, full of wisdom, understanding, compassion and humor.

Like Mom, she smiles easily and laughs heartily. She  understands important human issues with the grasp of an old soul.

I like her. She’s going to be a good friend and I am pleased by that turn of events.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

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