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By New York standards our apartment building is not very big with 16 floors and 187 apartments,  and over the years we’ve come to know many of our neighbors altho certainly not all.

One day I was in the elevator when  a women I’d seen in the building – but didn’t know – got on carrying a book.  A reader myself,  I couldn’t resist asking her what she was reading.  She showed me her book and we talked about the author whom we both admired.

By the time the elevator got to the lobby we had made a lunch date and I had invited Liz to join my book club.

And now years later Liz and I are fast friends – thanks to the fortuitous timing of that elevator ride!

My friend Liz

– Dana Susan Lehrman 

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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Tags: Friendship
Characterizations: funny, moving, well written


  1. pattyv says:

    Dana, on Saturday mornings I always begin with you. Pouring a second cup of coffee, still stretching awake, your stories always give me something to think about. You’re a full blooded New Yorker and I always get a whiff of that much beloved city when I read you. Today I meet Liz and congratulate you both for forming such a great relationship on an elevator flight. Book buddies can be hard to find. Good morning to you Dana.

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    You could probably write a whole series on “elevator stories”—those brief chance encounters that end up with unexpected repercussions. In this case, it led to a wonderful friendship. Yay!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    What a great chance encounter, Dana. I’m so glad you started that book conversation and now are fast friends and book club buddies. Great story!

  4. Laurie Levy says:

    A chance encounter between avid readers! Once you made the connection, the rest was destiny.

  5. Dave Ventre says:

    This is a very New York sort of story, Dana! New Yorkers (and us North Jersey types) usually have no qualms about talking to strangers. Sometimes the results are extraordinary!

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