For a full minute, I swear we could not speak. Recognition lit up on both of our faces and all we could do was laugh. We embraced as if long parted, rather than meeting for the very first time. Words had abandoned us both and our actions and laughter spoke for us instead. You are here. You are real. You are flesh and bone and more than all the words and photographs we ever shared on paper and on screens. And yet I know you.
Finally she said, with a shy smile, the first word ever uttered between us: