for the first time
this quiet little one
took another’s hand.
“the human heart, at whatever age, opens only to the heart that opens in return.”
flew across the world
to visit the beautiful country of ireland
on my journey
i went to
kinsale, county cork
where i met
one of my fellow bloggers
a wonderful woman
a wicked irish sense of humor
life’s ups and downs
how to get through it all
it was quickly clear
from the moment we met
we are long-lost irish sisters.
“friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘what! you too? i thought i was the only one.”
– c.s. lewis
kinsale, county cork, ireland
it’s over 60 years now, we’ve been friends.
we watch television
looking for good movies or television shows that we like.”
–carl reiner, who turned 94 yesterday
a friend is what the heart needs all the time. – henry van dyke
my friend/great mother of 5 active young children
is at it again –
the following quote was her post
yesterday on Facebook
and i think she’s great:
“Wishing I had a fairy godmother…
Or maybe just a cleaning lady (or man).
Kids are gross.
Nobody warns how gross they can be.
Do you know what words I uttered today? –
” Who peed in the toothbrush rinse cup”?
Honestly …. The struggle is real.”
her friend replied –
“i like that, but remember that time your twins peed in the cat litter?”
m: ‘i’m finished with class and just working, so let me know when you’re ready to go.’
me: ‘come now!!!! )))’
m: ‘coming out now.’
(i shut down my computer, pack up, walk upstairs, chit chat with colleagues, look out the door for m – my loyal carpool partner. who works in our high school, while i work in our kindergarten. we coordinate schedules each day. our buildings are one minute away from each other. we share a campus. we share rides to and from school. we share a friendship and a level of understanding each other, developed over hours spent together in a car, as willing captive audience members. i mill around. chit chat some more. visit two classrooms. look out window. more time passes. i check my phone to see if she got waylaid along the way.)
i look down and see this:
m: ‘you drove. right?’
yes, yes i did.
i head to my car,
(without further milling or chatting or texting),
it’s waiting in my parking lot,
right where i left it this morning,
to pick up m.
we make eye contact.
m gets in the car.
we realize that each of us was waiting to be picked up by the other.
it could have been a very long wait.
one did not.
we leave. we wind down from the day. we laugh.
one of us got confused today.
we don’t name names.