I am one of the luckiest people on the planet. No, seriously — when it comes to friends, I am the luckiest person!
Lately I’ve been counting karma, trying to figure out if my luck is alternatively running out and overflowing, or if the not-so-awesome stuff is just life’s way of making sure that when something AWESOME happens that I’m not left in some kind of cosmic karmic debt. But that’s all karma dealing with cars and computers and what’s left of my sanity and patience.
The area of my life in which my luck seems to always hold out is with my family and friends. Oh, I have so many not-yet-written about adventures (thanks in part to an interesting and somewhat stressful saga concerning my luck with laptops and great customer service on Apple’s part), however… rather than build up one giant post about everything, I’m going to focus on one immediate thing and we’ll get to the rest later, okay?!
Steph is an amazing person whom I met here in Md., about a year before she got married and moved eight hours away. I count myself lucky that I found her in the first place, and we make our long-distance friendship work by snail mail and phone calls between (much too infrequent) visits.
Steph and her toddler, Kale, came to visit me this past July and boy, oh boy did we have a good time! I never thought I’d ever say this, but I even enjoyed having a toddler in my Type-A organized and clean-ish townhouse (the white carpet)! So again — LUCKY to have a friend willing to travel so far with her kid to spend a few days with me. Lucky that my Mom is awesome and volunteered to watch Kale one night so we could go out for an adult dinner at the Indian restaurant. Lucky to have another friend in my arsenal of long-distance friends with whom time and distance doesn’t seem to matter when we do manage to get together.
Immediately a huge smile reached across my face, and I was filled with a sense of wonderment because how did she know?! I didn’t remember telling Steph about how, in high school, I had an elephant necklace that has since been lost and never found… but here I was staring at a delicate replacement, so I rationalized that I must have told her — probably by mentioning it once while chatting on the phone. How did I ever get so lucky to have a friend who listens and remembers… such small things, but they mean so much!
I dug into a box of old photos, and found one of my senior portraits from high school where I was wearing the little gold and pink elephant charm. I believe the loop that attaches the elephant to the chain broke one day and the elephant disappeared… liberated from it’s chain around my neck. I never did find it.
My replacement is an even tinier silver elephant with a crescent-shaped ear. Isn’t he cute?!
Thank you so much, Steph, for the extremely thoughtful and much-appreciated gift! I am so lucky to have you and your friendship in my life. (And, just so you know — the package did find me as you had hoped: having a good day, complete with a new computer and happily sore muscles from a great workout!)