Change is inevitable! Our response to change is the only thing we can control. My spin, Chuck Swindoll's expression. I'm surely glad that there are smarter people than me around so I can read their thoughts of wisdom, nod my head in agreement and quote them to others. Smile.
The update is simple and will be quick as I need to get ready for Monday morning at the office. We did indeed meet the "special lady" and if I had been introduced to her at a conference or some other event I would have immediately liked her I'm sure. So, Frank is helping me to keep that attitude in the forefront of my thinking!
As it happened, we were also on hand for the first meeting between one of her children and my dad. (Could it get any thicker?! Deep sigh.) In the middle of that looooong hour, we were once again made thankful for babies. S.L. ("Special Lady") has a three year old granddaughter who is too cute for her own good. And she did an excellent job of keeping us entertained; allowing our focus to be diverted from the awkwardness of the moment.
S.L. also made it through the family fish fry just fine (yes, I do like alliteration). And so did we!
Frank had packed the car before anyone arrived so we made a quick exit as everything was wrapping up. As soon as we reached the interstate and reliable phone reception, I began a lengthy report for my sister. We turned the "diamond" every which way; tried to reassure each other that everything will be just fine; got off the phone and both cried. Steel Magnolias are only so tough. Smile.
That's pretty much it. Yesterday at church I was thankful for friends like Shirley who are able to look at you and just "know" without asking any questions. When they hug you, the love is genuine; restorative. When those friends make eye contact, there is an entire Hallmark card written in their expression. Hmmmm, makes you wonder if you are a friend like that to someone, doesn't it? But that's material for another post.
One other thing, if you've successfully walked through a similar situation (or even if it was unsuccessful and you've gained helpful insights - smile) I'd love to hear about your experience. I'm very open to instruction!
Hope your week is abundant!