Laura posted about being genuine on her blog and hoping that her readers would find her the same if they met her in real life. I would hope that's true, and although I don't try to portray myself in some "larger (and better) than life" fashion, I know that I come across differently on my blog (because my real life friends have told me so!).
My sister-in-law said that she liked my blog, and it was sometimes funny. People who know me in real life know that I am hilarious! Okay, not really. I do have a good sense of humor, and some people do in fact think I am as funny as I think I am.
My friend Danielle (who does think I'm hilarious) said that she was glad to see that there was a mushy side to me. I myself had noticed that of my writing. Honestly, I come across in real life as not very sentimental. I am certainly not all mushy. But there is something about the introspection of writing that brings those thoughts that really are in my heart, to the surface. Also, I do think that I am becoming more that way as I get older and I watch my kids growing up.
It is also easier for me to write my true thoughts than to actually say them. Not because I do not like to talk. Because that I do. Maybe it is because I do talk so freely, saying whatever thought pops into my head, often without a filter, that my more meaningful thoughts get lost in the flood.
So, I'm not sure what the bottom line is. I think that Blog Jennifer and Real Life Jennifer are both real people. Neither of us is trying to be something that we are not, but we are a bit different. I'm sure many of you have realized that Younger You is different than Present You. And when you are with old friends and family, sometimes you are more Younger You than Present You. I think it's like that.
So, at the request of Lee, who knows both Jennifers, here's a picture of me at our pirate themed Son Treasure Island Vacation Bible School this week, looking not at all serious or introspective: