I realize afresh how much I have to be thankful for. Friends from out of town are coming in today. I’ve known this particular friend, Nori, from the time we were 16 and met at McDonald’s. That’s a friendship of 43 years, guys. I woke this morning full of self-doubt. Would they like my home? Would it be clean enough, tidy enough? I had to talk myself through about four hours of feeling like a child awaiting inspection. And, these are friends of mine! Good God! What we do to ourselves!
The realization I came to was that all my friends have thought I was odd over the years. And, in truth, I have been and probably still am. But, see, you live long enough and you find out who was right…. They’ve come over to my side of the equation of what’s important and what’s not. Ya just have to live long enough if you’re ahead of the crowd.
The kicker was a memory of Nori. I was thinking what I loved about Nori and why we have remained such steadfast friends. Instantly, I heard her voice speaking to me from long ago when I was scared and hurt because a group of “spiritual” women had ganged up on me and told me everything I was and did was wrong. I was trying to see their viewpoint and Nori said, softly, dangerously, “If you go back there, I will break your arm.” That’s why I love my Nori.
She already knows I am a lousy housekeeper and her dear husband, Bill, won’t care. He’ll laugh that crazy Mozart (the film’s Mozart) laugh of his, speak softly and enjoy his day. Nori and Bill want to take me to dinner and Nori insisted on doing the research. She found a restaurant up the hill from me that I’ve always eyeballed, but never been to (this is without any input from me). We go tonight at 6:00 p.m. We will have a splendid time. And, in between, we’ll sit outside on my patio and I shall let Ella & Elby, That Cat! do all the work of charming. Yes! I am blessed and I am a very wealthy woman in every area of my life, especially in my friends. Thank you, all of you.
Happy Easter and Passover. Love ~ Huntie