I had a small world moment on my second day in Bismarck.

The story of my arrival ran in the Thursday Tribune last week and by Friday I had an email from a Bismarck resident who said, "I don’t know if you remember me, but …"

While it has been about eight years since we last saw one another, I remembered Patrick Kellar.

Back in 2008 I joined a media company based in Paducah, Ky., and Patrick was one of the company’s publishers in Indiana.

My wife and I attended our first corporate event, held at a Florida resort, less than a month after joining the company. We arrived at that meeting having only met the corporate staff since I was located at the company’s headquarters.

The first people to introduce themselves that evening were Patrick and Tina Kellar.

It can be a bit awkward when you are "the new guy" and I was thankful then that the Kellars were so welcoming.

I had no idea then that they were from Bismarck, N.D. But as I read the email last Friday I began to recall our first meeting and fondly recalled how welcoming and inclusive they were.

My response to the welcome email last week was, "Of course I remember you."

We have met many wonderful people at our various career stops but this is the first time we have been welcomed twice by the same folks.

Patrick and I met up this week and shared stories on the various twists and turns our careers have taken and how our paths have led us to intersect here and now. 

It is a small world. Be kind to someone today.

Gary Adkisson is publisher of the Bismarck Tribune.