Finally meeting someone in person, that you've been speaking to online for so long, is both delightful and strange. You're nervous about what to wear, what they'll think of you, have a vague butterflies-in-the tummy feeling - it's like a first date. But then suddenly, you're both there, looking at each other - solid, three dimensional, and you realize that all of those exchanged words have drawn an accurate and lovely image. Your meeting is the coloring in, a bonus. The picture is completed and a parting embrace brings it all into focus. Not a goodbye is exchanged, just promises of "see you later! online!".
The world grows ever smaller.