Here I am. My return trip was delayed by several hours because my flight was cancelled and I had to fly home later than I planned. That was okay as it gave us more time to talk.
I was visiting a dear friend from my Stratford days. I still think of her as a new friend though I have known her now for 48 years! Wow. We actually overlapped in one place (we lived in duplicate houses 3 or was it 4 lots apart) for only five years but she came back to visit and her husband was one of my husband’s pallbearers. (Does that make us related?) And I stick like Velcro.
But those five years were packed and fraught, and we lived through a lot. I mean, I lived through a lot and she was a wonderful. loyal, supportive friend – also fun to be with. She still is. She was my first present to myself in this milestone year of mine and what a wonderful present! Not without its trauma: nostalgia is always accompanied by pain, I guess. But we managed to tell each other things and to recall events and people that affected us profoundly. How incredibly precious it is to be open with another person. Lacking a husband I don’t often have that luxury or comfort. Of course, there were side effects, like more and deeper memories that kept me awake at night, but they were cleansing. I wish you that experience.
I’m home now and on a countdown for my next big trip. I’m walking pretty well. I have to keep my leg up when I can, but I also have to shop and cook for a few people before I leave, and plan and pack and tweak the screenplay for a second draft and
…. do my income tax. :-(
The tramlines are getting loaded.