Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hangin' with my new friend.


Through a variety of circumstances which I won't get into here I'm spending a huge quantity of time with a 28 year old young woman. To my astonishment, we never run out of conversation and she has invested quite a degree of trust in me which warms my heart. I'd never met her before. And from an initial standoffishness I see how her face lights up when she sees me now and she introduced me to her 4 year old on the phone tonight. (She's lost custody of her babies)

She asks me intelligent questions about my life, how I came to this point, did I like being a mother, my job, my relationships.

She mentioned that she was going to a big birthday party for her grandmother in a few weeks' time and it was the first birthday she would ever attend for a really old person.

I asked her how old her grandmother was.

"Oh," she said, thinking for a minute,"70 or 80 I guess."

I guess we all look the same to the young'uns when we cross that old 40-50-60 mark.

But the sweetest thing, when I dropped her off at her parents' home tonight she says:

"Now you be sure to text me when you're safely in your door, k?"

I seriously can't remember when that was said to me last.

10 comments:

  1. Nice ... and I bet you're learning a lot.

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  2. Receiving the gift of new friendship and especially with younger people is so wonderful. Lucky you. Lucky her.

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  3. Having such caring young people in one's senior status is nice and the way you have written about it is nicer.

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  4. Reminds me of the traditional farewell here in Ireland - "Safe home". I guess to a young person, anyone with wrinkles is old, and anyone with loads of wrinkles is unbelievably old.

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  5. That is nice. You are lucky. I'm so out of touch with that age group.

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  6. That is nice. You are lucky. I'm so out of touch with that age group.

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  7. That sounds like the beginnings of a new friendship.

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  8. I was going to say somebody taught her well or she might have taught herself. It was very sweet and I think that friends of mixed ages can bring a lot to each other's life. Sounds like that for the two of you.

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