Common Threads

Something interesting just happened to me.  Here’s how it went….

I went to morning mass, as usual, with plans to visit the library after.  Mass let out around 8:30ish and having a little time to kill (my library doesn’t open until 9), I hit Starbucks for a latte and some knitting time.  Knitting away, enjoying my latte, a woman walks up to my table, says my name and makes herself at home.  I say hello and how it’s been a long time, all the while frantically trying to place this totally unfamiliar person.  Since she starts making small talk, I decide to just go with it and fill her in on what’s been happening in my life since the last time we talked with each other, which, as far as I could tell, was a really long time, like never, but as I said, I was just going with it.  Small talk winds down, like it tends to do and oh, I forgot to mention that she had on a name badge from a medical company that I was familiar with, so I decided that that was our connection.  She suddenly asks, ” So, how’s your pump?”.  Smartly countered with “What pump?”.  Horrid flash of embarrassment on her part.  As we laugh and backtrack, we figure out that she’s meeting a different Beth, who happens to be sitting at the next table, who, in fact, does have a pump.  A little more backtracking and I learn that she had worked at a clinic where I was a patient a couple of years ago, which then had merged with the medical facility where I worked.  Maybe that’s why I seemed so familiar to her, she’d seen me around the clinic, first as a patient and then as a colleague. Lord knows I never figured her out.

So, maybe we DO all have a common thread, sort of like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon thing, or maybe, after all, it was just a random coincidence.  No matter, she’s all caught up on my life and if we ever meet again, we’ll have a REAL starting point! 😋

A friend is one that knows who you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.  William Shakespeare


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