Friday Friends, Old and New & My Firefighters

1 Jun

“Every person is a new door to a different world.

Six Degrees of Seperation

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Sometimes I just think about how blessed I am with such an amazing array of friends. Today, was a good example. I had a lazy morning, but got my act together in time to get over to Zumba Gold at the Y. I danced and wiggled and pranced along to the music with my Zumba friends. I always get a big hug from Doug. Hey, that rhymes.

After the class, I rode the stationary bike for a few miles. After that, I sat in a comfy chair by the door and called my good friend Karen. I hadn’t seen her in a while, and she had surgery a few weeks ago. I left a message and she called back. She suggested we have lunch, but needed a few minutes to change. In the meantime, a young lady from the Y was talking to her co-workers, showing them a poster she was working on for the summer camp. She told them that it took her forever just to write and fill in the words, and asked them if it needed more color.

I jumped up and said, “That’s very good. I’m a former art teacher.” The young lady said, “Uh oh!” I suggested that if she wanted to fill in the large area of sky that pastel chalk would be quick and easy. That’s when Karen called back.

While I waited ten minutes before leaving to meet Karen, I walked down the hall to look for the girl and her poster. I found her in an office and I started talking to her, giving her other art tips for her poster and future projects. I showed her some of my artwork on my phone. She was impressed. I told her she could call me anytime if she had any art questions. We exchanged phone numbers. And of course, I had to take a selfie. And the coolest part… her name is Monet. How cool, unusual and artistically appropriate is that? (We meet people for a reason.)

I went to meet Karen for lunch and we caught up on all the weeks we’ve missed. We exchanged children and grandchildren stories and photos. A leisurely two hour lunch.

When I got home, I was planning on walking when I got a text from Helene asking if I wanted to go have dinner. Yikes, I told her I was still full from lunch. But, I said I’d go to Braum’s for an ice cream cone. So, off I went again to pick up Helene. She had dinner and I had ice cream.

On the way home after ice cream, I stopped at Fire Station 9 to drop off cookies from Miss Pat. Firefighter Williams answered the door again, with my previous container from Tuesday in hand. I said, “I caught you with your eyes closed the other day,” and she said that happens a lot. I thought I took a good picture. Nope! Missed the open eyes again.

By the time I finally landed at home, it was 7:30 and just enough time for a good long walk. I stopped at Mr. Mike’s on the final leg of my journey to walk Bella and chat afterwards for a while.

That’s a lot of fun quality time with fine quality friends, old and new. That’s just one day in…”A day in the life of Miss Toni.”

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