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.