Right now I am sitting on the floor in my home in Santee. Why is she not on-the-road? you might ask. Plain and simple I am sick, the flu has struck and my couch is the best I can do at the moment. I am so glad that I am not on a time schedule. I guess I am just waiting for the opportune moment to leave. It certainly is not today. Well I guess I could say this sucks but I believe things happen for a reason even if I don’t know what it is at the time. I do know that I do not want to drive across the hot dessert not feeling 100%. And so I wait.
Since I am sitting here with not much to do but sleep I decided that I would tell you about another San Diego person who has affected my life over the past 3 years. After I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one day Therese calls me on the phone and asks if I like to play scrabble. Until this moment I only knew her as Drew’s wife (he worked for my husband) and we shared a common bond for the arts. Since that phone call Therese and I have had our bi-weekly game of scrabble and conversation and we have become good friends. I have found that when people are dealing with issues it is nice to have people who are not always asking questions such as, “how are you doing?”, “how is Jim doing?”. Don’t get me wrong I think these questions are important too and I appreciate those questions a lot, yet it is nice to just have relaxing every day conversations and do normal things. It reminds me that life was still out there and going on while I dealt with my and Jim’s personal health and emotional issues. it continues to do that for me today. And all it took was one phone call. Because of our games of scrabble and conversation I have made a most marvelous friend. She is there to help me and love me and support me as I go through this transition. And, I am there for her. Therese is a very kind, generous and caring person and a delight to be with. Now we do more together than play scrabble and I am so glad she is my friend. We have a lot of fun. She has touched my heart. And…my spelling and vocabulary have certainly improved. Thank you Therese for being my friend and for checking on me and keeping me a little more “normal” in crisis.
Now I think it is time for a nap. Sigh.