Saturday, May 02, 2009

BAD PICTURE, GOOD TIMES

Remember when I told you guys I got together with 3 friends from college, and one drove up from Eugene, just for the 1 1/2 hour time together? Well, she was back in Portland on Thursday for a workshop (she's a school nurse) and she had another 1 1/2 hour window of time to meet for lunch.

Long story short, we chose to meet here. Yes, right where the (blurry) picture captured. A little Mexican restaurant close to her workshop so we'd have extra talking time and barely any driving time. It was a sunny (but not warm) day so we decided to "upgrade" to the outside dining area, clearly marked in the above picture. It's that area right under the awning, immediately adjacent to the garbage cans. And in the parking lot. As in cars drove right up to our kneecaps.

But we didn't care in the least.

It has been years and years and years (like 15) since we spent any 1:1 time together, and 90 minutes barely tipped the iceberg, but we did a good job of trying.

One of the things she shared with me as we parted was this: She had a friend in high school, a guy, they were really good friends and then lost touch. Now they're back in touch, e-mailing and texting left and right.

The guy is crippled with ALS. He has use ONLY of his left ring finger.

Only.

After processing all the guilt I feel for taking for granted my able body, I was struck by the profound need we humans have for contact.

And friendship.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fine dining experience. that is what friendshio brings to the table no matter whee it is.

kario said...

And how that need, when honestly acknowledged, always always transforms into something that meets that need. Put it out there in the universe and your needs will be met.

Love this story.
Love the dive-y lunch place.
Was the food good?

Angie Ledbetter said...

Pretty cool how today's "message" goes so well with yesterday's. :)

She said...

Yes. We have a profound need for connection and friendship. (I know I do!)

Michelle O'Neil said...

love.

Wanda said...

Sounds divine.

marge said...

I am so glad you two got together. You both are such wonderful people and her friend from high school is a friend of mine as well. He is absolutely an incredible man. Always remember him with a smile on his face and something kind to say. Kind of make your day thing. Love.

Deb Shucka said...

When you're with friends, the only location that really matters is together. At least the parking lot looks clean.

I love that you're getting to renew these old friendships.

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

One finger. That puts everything back into perspective.

Jerri said...

That one finger certainly puts some things in perspective for me this morning.