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