Saturday, January 09, 2016
I did something that had been relegated to "someday" for years and years. Yesterday I was invited to a retirement party for a dear sweet woman I worked with for almost 10 years. Her history isn't my story to tell--but she overcame a great deal with the help of a women's support group.
Going to a gathering of employees of the place where I used to work--a place that nearly broke my heart when I had to leave-- is not easy. But I dressed up, fixed my hair and just got into the car and ...went.
At the gathering I smiled (with my heart in my eyes) at my dear friend--who was so happy to see me. Little did I know, but she had specifically asked that more than a few "former" employees be invited. Her "people" was the way she referred to everyone at the party. Lovely.
And I did something I never do. I mingled. I just walked over to people I didn't know and asked how they knew the party girl. They talked and I listened. It was quite wonderful. I am always happy to re-learn this truth. A person you love and enjoy being with, will have other friends who you will enjoy knowing. I think everyone at the party went home with tired face muscles. I reconnected with so many people from years ago. And was reminded of how very much they all meant to me. I had missed them----
Last night's dream fragments: I was working underground, pulling cable and making connections for something with a group of co-workers.