I started up a conversation with a lady sitting in a lawn chair at the local Home Despot (after working there for the despots of management the name changed forever for me). We were both waiting for the assistant manager of the store to interview us for a cashier position that neither of us wanted and both of us were hired for.
I had been away from the workforce for about five years post heart attacks…and honestly I did NOT want a high stress job. So I thought, oh go sell crap to people who don’t need it? No, I said “For Heaven’s sake, just find somewhere to go every day so you are not bored”.
That random meeting turned my life completely around, so much for the better that I can only equate that “random meeting” with God’s will for me.
That meeting became a friendship..that friendship quickly became so much more. A soul-mate if you will without any romantic connotation to it.
As I woke up this morning and realized that it was indeed a new beginning, a new year…my thoughts went to Angie. Is she warm enough? (it is 5 degrees F outside and a wind straight from Freezingland makes it feel like it is 20 below)…did her pipes freeze in her 100 year old house? Are her puppies okay?
George wandered into the room to tell me how cold it was and that everything seemed fine..dogs and cats are all inside where it is warm, no ice fountains rising from the outdoor faucets….and the truck started on the first try after sitting at his office for two days in sub-freezing weather.
He brought me a cup of coffee, fixed the way I like it…dogs soon ran into the room and bounded up onto the bed, wriggling and yipping to tell me some fantastic dog story and snuggle in for belly rubs.
I eventually dressed for the day and logged into my computer. As I checked email i thought “new year, new photo time” after seeing my friends updates.
So, here it is. A new picture of the old fart beginning her newest year on Earth. I looked at myself and thought I am getting better every day…oh, I have some wrinkles, some spots…my hair is no longer chestnut colored and glossy…I have added a bit of weight……..but I look damned good and HAPPY. It is the happy part that I love!
It’s going to be a good year.